Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Word of the Day - Uxoricide

Wiki's strange definition:
Uxoricide (from Latin uxor meaning "wife") is murder of one's wife. It can refer to the act itself or the man who carries it out. Overkill is reported to be common in these slayings, presumably reflecting the emotional state of the killer.

In many patriarchal cultures uxoricide is regarded less harshly than other forms of homicide, especially in cases of adultery. It may even be regarded as the correct, honourable thing to do.

Apparently written by a flack for Henry VIII. The famous double-uxoricide acceded to the Throne of England 500 years ago today.

Do you know which two? A friend and English school head told me children can remember with a simple rhyme:

Divorced, Beheaded, Died
Divorced, Beheaded, Survived