Is there a word/phrase I can use for a day off taken between two holidays?

Suppose that Tuesday and Thursday are holiday; if I take a day off on Wednesday, in Italian I would call that day ponte (which literally means bridge). Is there an equivalent phrase I can use in English?

Notice that I could talk of ponte also when one of the two days is a day where normally people don't go to work, for example Saturday or Sunday. I would not talk of ponte for myself if Tuesday and Thursday are days I don't normally work (but most of the people work), and I take a day off on Wednesday.

  • We don't have holidays that close together in the US. However, Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday; when people take the following day off, I've usually heard it express something like this: “I'm going to take Friday off, and make it a long weekend.” The same phraseology could apply if July 4 (Independence Day) fell on a Tuesday, and someone took the preceding Monday off.
    – J.R.
    Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 22:15

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There isn't a commonly used word for it, because, at least in the UK, we don't have public holidays like that. If the situation arose, we'd use bridge.

  • Maybe in UK there are not two holidays in the same week separated by a working day, but Christmas could fall on Thursday. As far as I recall, the day after Christmas is not holiday, in UK.
    – apaderno
    Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 17:06
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    @kiamlaluno: The day after Christmas is Boxing Day, and is a public holiday in the UK.
    – Matt
    Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 17:50
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    @kiamlaluno. As Matt says. Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 17:54
  • @Matt Oh, that is Boxing Day. From the name, I would have thought to a different holiday. :) Isn't there any UK holiday that can fall on a Thursday?
    – apaderno
    Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 18:02
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    @kiamlaluno: Boxing Day is one such example that could fall on a Thursday. Also Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
    – Matt
    Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 18:07

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