I was thinking today as I watched people at work putting up Christmas decorations that I would bet most of them wouldn't know the "pagan" origin or meaning of most of the decoration's symbology. Holly, Christmas trees, etc. (For more on that subject, see my blog entry of 22/12/14 "The Accoutrements of Xmas")
Then I thought just like most don't even know where the names of the days of the week come from, or why there are 60 seconds in a minute, or seven days in a week, or blue for boys. (Odd one that, look it up.) Then I stopped in the middle of the week and thought, wait a minute, where the hell did Tuesday come from?
Sunday Sun's day
Monday Moon's day
Wednesday Wodan's day
Thursday Thor's day
Friday Frigg's day
Saturday Saturn's day (the only Roman one, the rest are Norse/Germanic)
As for Tuesday, I couldn't dredge up a single hint of meaning from my poor puzzled grey matter.
It turns out that Tuesday is named after yet another Norse god, Tiw, or Týr.
Wikipedia entry for Tuesday
Týr is also involved in some trickery with a mythical wolf Fenrir, and loses his hand.
From what I can gather, literally, on the web, he is sort of a diminished remnant of a once central god, pushed into the background by newer ones.
Interesting to me is the fact that the "Tyr" rune (left) is identical to the brand-mark I used to see engraved by the old BPO (British Post Office) on tools that had been imported to NZ.