How to be British · Language


Saturday, May 27, 2017. Daily Brit Wit.


Noun, dated

The husband of an unfaithful wife.

Verb, used with object

To make a cuckold of (a husband). 

“She stretches on the couch, spine popping, toes curling, and calf muscles pulling taut. She stops before muscles protest. The laptop slips and she shimmies around until she’s half-sitting, half-lounging and returns to her essay. 

Her dad enters the room and raises an eyebrow. ‘Comfortable?’

‘Sure am,’ she quips and glances up at him with a smirk. 

He falls for the bait. ‘What’s this one about again?’ He asks cautiously. 

‘Wives making cuckolds out of their husbands,’ she shrugs nonchalantly. ‘But it’s supposed to be about the play we read or I would have interviewed you as a firsthand source.’ 

Her father snorts. ‘You’re hilarious, Emily.’ Yet he’s grinning at her. ‘Are you researching if cuckoldry is inherent?'”


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