December 21 — third Friday every year

Dr Watson

Dr Watson

A day to honor assistants, number twos, back office staff, PAs — unsung heroes like Sherlock Holmes’s Dr Watson and Robinson Crusoe’s Man Friday.

And those who come from behind to win — tortoises overcoming hares.

Underdogs can end up as top dogs like in Malcome Gladwell’s article “How David Beats Goliath: When underdogs break the rules,” in the New Yorker. click here.

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Origin of “underdog”

The word underdog came from the men who sawed wood when building wooden ships. Planks of wood, which were called “dogs,” were placed over the top of a pit. Two men would do the sawing. One would stand on top of the planks and one man would stand underneath, would get covered with sawdust. He became known as the underdog.


Day Underdog Day sawmen


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