Insipid Idiom


The late Fred Berry demonstrates today's benign adage: TGIF:

TGIF is a popular acronym for the phrase Thank God It's Friday (alternatively: Thank Goodness It's Friday). Starting in America, it has become a common expression of relief at the end of the work week and anticipation of relaxing or partying over the weekend. The phrase was further popularized by the 1978 movie starring Donna Summer, Thank God It's Friday. The phrase has also become common for advertising and promotional materials. On college campuses beginning in the 1970s, the phrase (sometimes shortened to "TG") became associated with Friday afternoon beer parties, usually held outdoors.

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5' 5" (1.65 m)
Mini biography For a while in the seventies, Fred Berry was one of the biggest stars on American television. The former dancer, who became a star in the sitcom "What's Happening" ballooned until his weight became a threat to his health. He battled with food, drink, drugs and women, marrying 6 times to 4 women in total. Diabetes was diagnosed, he lost more than 100 pounds and turned to religion. Born in St Louis, Missouri in 1951, Berry danced with "The Lockers" but it was the sitcom deal in 1976 that gave him his big break. The series ran for three seasons. After it was cancelled Berry struggled with personal problems and with the search for another star vehicle. The series was popular through reruns and a further series ("What's Happening Now") was picked up in 1985 and ran for three years, after which Berry gave up acting for religion. He returned to the screen in 1998 in the action movie "In The Hood" and his final role was a cameo in "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" in 2003. Berry died on October 21st 2003 aged 52.



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