National Lazy Day

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For all you overachievers, type A personalities and multitaskers out there - brace yourselves! There’s a National Day meticulously crafted to cater to your antithesis, happening to be anybody's dream of bliss (if that anyone is as lazy as a koala on Monday). Welcome to the world of National Lazy Day!

When is Lazy Day?

It's national lazy day on the 10th August.

History and Internet Adoption

National Lazy Day sauntered on to the scene as mysteriously as a feline entering a room unnoticed. The history of this day is as elusive and enigmatic as the Cheshire Cat's smile. Some claim it has been in existence since at least 2016 when we detected the zenith of its online mentions. On the prolific day of August 10, 2016, the internet saw a whopping 26,853 mentions of National Lazy Day, perhaps indicating that it was a particularly lazy-spirited day indeed! Nevertheless, the true origins of this day remain shrouded in the comforting, cozy fog of indolence.

Lazy Day Manifesto

This beloved day of inaction encourages one and all to kick up their feet, slap on their favorite PJs, and indulge in the sweet nectar of doing absolutely nothing. It's the one day of the year when your only job is to chill, relax, and maybe scroll a little bit on your phone. Take a long nap, feast on comfort food, binge your favorite shows, how you celebrate is completely up to you. For true aficionados, even planning how to be lazy might be too energetic for this day!

The Joy Of Laziness

While it’s all fun and games, National Lazy Day is also a reminder in our harried times to relish the joy of relaxation. In a society that often glorifies busyness, it's a celebration of mindfulness, of taking the time to smell the roses and enjoy the pause spaces of life. So let’s hear it for utter relaxation, folks! After all, it's good for the heart, soul, and, depending on how lazy you are, potentially the waistline!

History behind the term 'Lazy'


The Birth of 'Lazy'

The term 'lazy' can be traced back to the 16th century. In 1540, the word 'lazy' first appeared in the English language, derived from the Middle Low German word 'lais', meaning 'feeble' or 'slothful'. Originally, it was used to describe someone who was lacking energy or motivation.


From Lethargy to Laziness

Over time, the meaning of 'lazy' evolved. In 1728, English author Jonathan Swift used the word 'lazy' in his satirical work 'A Short Character of Thomas, Earl of Wharton'. This usage marked a turning point in popularizing 'lazy' as a term to describe someone who habitually avoids work or physical exertion.


The Lazy Stereotype

In the 19th century, the term 'lazy' became associated with negative stereotypes. During the Industrial Revolution, as societies transitioned to more industrialized economies, hard work and productivity were highly valued. Consequently, those labeled as 'lazy' were considered social outcasts and viewed as lacking in desirable qualities.


Lazy as a Mental State

In the early 20th century, the concept of 'laziness' expanded to include mental laziness or apathy. 'Lazy' was no longer solely associated with physical inactivity but also referred to a lack of intellectual effort. This shift in meaning reflected the growing importance given to cognitive abilities and the recognition of mental work.


Reclaiming 'Lazy'

In more recent years, there has been a movement to reclaim the term 'lazy' and challenge its negative connotations. Advocates argue that taking time for rest and relaxation is essential for well-being and productivity. The focus has shifted towards promoting work-life balance and combating the culture of constant busyness. 'Lazy' is now seen as a valid choice rather than a character flaw.

Did you know?

Did you know that the koala, often associated with laziness, actually sleeps up to 20 hours a day? They'd surely be the mascots of National Lazy Day!


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First identified

22nd March 2015

Most mentioned on

10th August 2016

Total mentions


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