Word Geek

Yesterday, while looking up UZIS to see if it was a valid Scrabble word
(it isn’t – did you know that UZI is not a valid Scrabble word? I’ve
been playing it for years and no one’s challenged me), I discovered a
new word:

UXORIOUS:

Etymology: Latin uxorius uxorious, uxorial, from uxor wife

: excessively fond of or submissive to a wife

ux·o·ri·ous·ly adverb

ux·o·ri·ous·ness noun
(from Merriam-Webster Online)

My question is this: Why does UXORIOUS only mean excessively fond of a wife, not a husband? That is, why is there no corresponding word to mean “excessively fond of one’s husband?” There must be some misogynistic history behind this. Anyone got a theory to propose?

Best theory wins a prize. I’m not telling what the prize is (mostly
because I haven’t figured it out yet – but there will be one).

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~ by realsupergirl on May 27, 2005.

8 Responses to “Word Geek”

  1. Because “uxor” means “wife” and not “spouse”–presumably there’s a different latin word for “husband,” which could be used to form the corresponding adjective… 🙂

  2. As far as I can find, there is no corresponding word meaning “excessively fond of one’s husband.”

  3. i know… a little heterophobic or at least a little man-bashing, but really, just a joke. but here’s this treat:
    “The only candidate, from the Latin word for a husband, maritus, is the invented word maritorious. However, this is very rare: the only example we know of, other than from recent books on words, is from 1607 (where the writer makes the obvious word-play with meritorious).”
    http://www.askoxford.com/asktheexperts/faq/aboutwords/uxorious

    i know it’s not a theory, but do i get a prize anyway? 😉
    kiss kiss
    sd in tx

  4. I like it.

    (You may, in fact, get a prize. Right now yours is the only entry, so you’re definitely winning.)

  5. and I almost never get to say that…. What’s my prize? hmm? Provided nobody comes along with some super clever alternative and sends me limping to the second place platform… 😉

    sd in tx

  6. OK, I’ll send you something good later this week…

  7. AND your metallica is coming. I haven’t forgotten. I’ve just become lazy. (read: got distracted).

    sd in tx

  8. now i can’t really claim winning unless i honestly take a shot at it, right?

    (and yes, that has been bothering me for days now…. thanks, ma!)

    so here is my early morning, mid-coffee attempt.

    excessive doesn’t mean just a lot. you can put a lot of water in a glass. but if you put excessive water in the glass, the glass can’t hold it. it’s too much. drinking is okay. excessive drinking makes us bad bad people (ahem). right? well, there is in the patriarchal scheme of things (and in our manly language) no such thing as too much reverence for the men that support us and keep us out of harm’s way. we should deify them. cock worship. respect the cock. remember the herms from hum110? so if we should all be madly in love with our supermen hubbies, there is no need for a word that means excessively fond of our husbands; there is no such thing as excess fondness. we can’t be fond enough of them.

    but men, while they should love and respect their wives, can go to excess in that regard; they aren’t expected to revere their wives. that’s what we call pussy whipped. it’s socially unacceptable and considered weak for manly men to show that much fondness. it can exist, so our language named it.

    back to the coffee.

    sdintx

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