Almost over the hump?

A. What day is it today?
B. Wednesday.
A. Almost over the hump!

Question: What does the last sentence “almost over the hump” mean?
If it is Thursday or Friday today, it is okay to say that?

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Wednesday first came to be known as hump day since at least the 1950s. The expression figures Wednesday, the middle of the workweek, as the hump people get over to coast into the weekend… Wednesday was especially referred to as hump day in an effort to liven up the drudgery of the workweek. Coworkers may wish one another Happy Hump Day! in a lighthearted or ironic acknowledgment that day-to-day work can be a drag.

So when people say “Almost over the hump” it means that soon there are only a couple of days until the weekend.

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No, by Thursday or Friday, you’re already over the hump. Wednesday is the middle day of the working week, so once Wednesday is finished, you are over the hump - as in, it’s downhill until the weekend. Wednesday can be called ‘hump day’ for this reason.


This phrase can also be used in other situations not only describing the work week. It can be used to describe completing the most difficult portion of a task “get over the hump”. It is similar to “it is all downhill from here”