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Where did the phrase hay day come from?

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May 07, 2009 5:57PM

Webster's II New Riverside Dictionary defines Heyday -- A time of maximum power, prosperity, or popularity. "HEYDAY goes back to an Anglo-Saxon use of 'hey' as an expression of great enthusiasm and happiness. So a person's 'heyday' is the period of his greatest vigor and success." From "Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins" by William and Mary Morris (HarperCollins, New York, 1977, 1988).