Wednesday, April 27, 2011

X is for Xanthippe

I had to go to my Merriam-Webster for this one, because not a whole lot of words begin with X. Xanthippe, it seems, was the ill-tempered wife of Socrates. Therefore, a Xanthippe is a shrewish wife. Am I the only one who didn't know that? Probably, as I am often the last to learn such things.

The question is, how can we writers use this nugget? In a murder mystery, perhaps?

Through the walls I heard the screams from the Professor's apartment.
"You've been seeing that coed again!"
"Maria is a Ph.D. student. We were merely discussing her research."
"Over what? A glass of ouzo?"
"I have always been faithful to you, but only the good Lord knows why."
"And what's this on your jacket? Feta cheese? You had lunch with her, didn't you?"
"For God's sake, Julia!"
"I'll bet she nibbled your kalamatas!"
"What do you mean by that?"
A shot rang out.


M Pax said...

lol I love your little story.

X should get interesting. You must be a day ahead of me in time zones. :)

nutschell said...

loved this! I learned something new today.:)

Holly Ruggiero said...

Very nice. I agree with M Pax,X will be an interesting day.

JF said...

Fun one, but I had to look up for pronunciation. X words always tricky that way. X also for xanax: a prescription palindrome. Thanks for the followon my blog and kind words; a fellow word lover! JF

Elisabeth said...

Hi Bob, pleased to meet you. I'm here through JF's blog. I did not know the word Xanthippe either. It's one I'll have trouble using again,let alone remembering.

Rachel Morgan said...

And no, you're not the only who didn't what Xanthippe meant!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

I also used xanthippe for X along with a couple of other interesting words!

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Anonymous said...

Haha, no, I did not know this little tidbit but I enjoyed learning about her :)