MICAWBER DAY 2021
January 18, 2021
Introduced to the world in 1850 via Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield, the idler character Wilkins Micawber is known for his oft-repeated credo, “Something will turn up.” Since then, the adjective “Micawberish” has come to mean living in optimistic expectation of better fortune, without lifting a finger to make it come any sooner.
On Micawber Day, a holiday we began celebrating back in 2013 — please note that George Cukor’s film adaptation of David Copperfield, in which W.C. Fields brilliantly portrays Micawber, was released on January 18th, 1935 — we urge HILOBROW readers to keep telling themselves that…
SOMETHING WILL TURN UP!
PS: This year, Micawber Day happens to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day (celebrated the third Monday in January). Don’t get it twisted: We’re not trying to supplant MLK Day. HILOBROW supports racial equality, social justice… and also idling.