Apr 19, 2006

It's an Idiom, Idiot.

A plague on both your houses
often quoted as a pox on both your houses

Frustrated curse on both sides of an argument.
The phrase is commonly applied to criticize warring
factions whose rivalry brings ruin to others.

From Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

MERCUTIO I am hurt.
A plague o' both your houses! I am sped.
Is he gone, and hath nothing?

id·i·om n.

1. A speech form or an expression of a given
language that is peculiar to itself grammatically or
cannot be understood from the individual meanings of
its elements, as in "keep tabs on".

Cut and pasted from these sources:

None of which means I wish my daughter, my cat, or my
husband any true ill (Although I might wish my husband a
temporary itchy rash somewhere inconvenient) no matter w
hat my husband thinks.

And I am furious that he'd believe I would truly wish my
infant daughter, no matter how frustrating at times, ill.


Blogger Robin said...

I wonder if he's yanking your chain. I mean really... he could be playing off what you said knowing it will make you mad. My Chris and I suppose myself (although I don't know for sure) are passive aggressive. Could the DH be too? I found a link. http://www.passiveaggressive.homestead.com/PATraits.html

12:08 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Hey I looked at that link closer and it goes into the issues of that problem in the extreme. My point is that the temperament we share has a tendency to be more that way.

12:57 AM  
Blogger peppypilotgirl said...

Oh yeah... he definitely tends toward passive aggressive behaviour. Although I think reading the information I sent him on the phrase addressed it this time; he was much more civil when he came home.

Interesting info...

10:48 AM  

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