Wednesday, 16 March 2016


Uxorious: "excessively or obsessively fond of your wife," from the Latin word, uxor, wife. Its opposite, maritorious, comes from the Latin word maritus, husband, but is extremely rare. It appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary only twice between 1607 and 1978.

Language reflects and shapes daily life. Have so few women been excessively, obsessively fond of their husbands, or is their experience so discounted that, once again, words that express it are not normalized? Is something else at play here? Possibilities abound...

A comedian (or comedienne, I suppose, if there were actually any good reason to distinguish between female and male funny people) could make quick work of this little question.

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