A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from March 30, 2017
POETS Day (Piss Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday)

Friday is sometimes called “POETS Day,” an acronym for “Piss/Punch/Push Off/Out Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday.” That is, work should be done early, so that one can celebrate Saturday (a day off work).

“‘Poet’s day’ (piss off early, tomorrow’s Saturday)” was published in The Guardian (London, UK) in 1977, in a story about Calcutta (Kolkata), India. “Push Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday” was cited in a 1981 newspaper. The “POETS Day” term is mostly unknown in the United States.


Wikipedia: POETS Day
POETS day is a term used by workers in the United Kingdom and Australia to refer jocularly to Friday as the last day of the work week. The word “POETS” is an acronym for “Piss off early, tomorrow’s Saturday”: hence Friday becomes “Poets day”. It is tradition to begin the POETS day at 3.30pm in the afternoon. Variations on this are “Punch out early, tomorrow’s Saturday” (referring to a manual punch time clock), “Push off early, tomorrow’s Saturday” and “Push off early, tomorrow’s Sunday” (based on the old 6-day work week).

10 June 1977, The Guardian (London, UK), pg. 11, col. 4:
SIMON WINCHESTER, Calcutta, considers a pay claim’s effect on the price of a cuppa
(...)
In the great tea agencies of Calcutta, where Friday is traditionally “poet’s day” (piss off early, tomorrow’s Saturday), and portly middle-aged Scotsmen idly peruse the balance sheets ...

9 August 1981, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), “British monocle on America,” pg. 14-D, col. 2:
Waitresses on Friday “have a case of POETS,” a British acronym for “Push Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday.”

14 January 1983, Los Angeles (CA) Times, TV sec., pg. 17, col. 3 ad:
Push Off Early Tomorrow’s Saturday. P.O.E.T.S.
(...)
Push Off Early Tomorrow’s Saturday

6 June 1983, Huntsville (AL) Times, “Teaming Calcutta Crowded, Dirty But Has Its Fans” by Tina Chou (AP), pg. A-2, col. 4:
They swim and play golf in a few exclusive clubs, even celebrate what they call POETS day—Push Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday.

27 January 1987, Providence (RI) Journal, “America’s Cup Journal Fremantle scene: Kiwis, ‘Cuppies,’ ‘Dinks’” by Carol McCabe, pg. A-03:
Cleaned up just a little, that’s: Push Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday.

Google Books
Disaster with the Friend
By Sheila Lavelle
London: Collins Children’s Books
1998
Pg. 14:
‘Poets’ day’, he calls it, which means ‘Push Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday’, only he doesn’t say push, he says something else which is too rude to repeat.

Google Books
Goodbye, Jimmy Choo
By Annie Sanders
New York, NY: Time Warner Books
2004
Pg. ?:
Izzie, Maddy, and, surprisingly, Lillian too chorused, “Piss Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday.”

Urban Dictionary
Poets day
Another name for Friday to be used in a work environment.
Based on the acronym for “Piss Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday.”
“Are you leaving already? It must be Poets day!”
by 7Hz January 10, 2005

Twitter
Stacy Keese‏
@StacyKeese
Today, August 21 is Poet’s Day - a day to honor poets & their poetry. Tomorrow is the other POETS day (Punch Out Early Tomorrow’s Saturday.)
9:55 AM - 21 Aug 2008

Urban Dictionary
P.O.E.T.S.
Used primarily in the Australian Construction Industry. Denotes an early finish on a Friday afternoon. Stands for “Piss Off Early Tomorrow’s Saturday.”
Worker 1: “Got much on for this afternoon?”
Worker 2: “P.O.E.T.S. afternoon mate”

#slacking #work #afternoon #koota #construction #lazy
by drizzle872 October 20, 2011

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