Easter Monday, April 14th, 1360, was so called. Edward III. was
with his army lying before Paris, and the day was so dark, with mist
and hail, so bitterly cold and so windy, that many of his horses and
men died. Monday after Easter holidays is called “Black Monday,” in
allusion to this fatal day. Launcelot says:
“It was not for nothing that my nose fell a- bleeding on Black
Monday last, at six o'clock i' the morning.” —Shakespeare: Merchant
of Venice, ii. 5.
February 27th, 1865, was so called in Melbourne from a terrible
sirocco from the N.N.W., which produced dreadful havoc between
Sandhurst and Castlemaine.
In schoolboy phraseology is the first Monday after the holidays are
over, when lessons begin again.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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