On Fridays you may hear co-workers or classmates say “TGIF!” This is a common acknowledgment that the end of the work week or school week is here, and the weekend is ready to begin. As you are learning, Americans are very fond of acronyms and abbreviations. In this case, TGIF stands for “Thank God It's Friday.”
If you want to start using this expression at your school or workplace, there are three things you should know about saying it correctly.
First, it’s pronounced /tidʒiyai'ɛf/, with stress on the final letter.
Next, there is no –s at the end of “Thank” because it is a verb, not a noun. You are probably familiar with the noun form “Many thanks!” The meaning of TGIF is sort of like “I thank God” or “We thank God (that it’s the weekend).”
Also, the word “it’s” is a contraction for “it is.” Many of my Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking friends try to say “is” because in their language, the word “it” is optional. In English, “it” is grammatically required.
Finally, let me make a cultural observation. Some people are not accustomed to using religious language. If so, you can substitute “Goodness” for “God” in similar expressions. For example: • Thank goodness my paycheck came today! I’m traveling tomorrow and my bank account was at zero. • I left my apartment key in my room. Thank goodness my roommate was there when I got back home. By the way, did you know that some Americans call Wednesday “hump day”? A hump is a small hill. If you see the week as an obstacle to arriving at the weekend, then you are happy when Wednesday is done and you are more than halfway through the week.
Have a great weekend, everybody!