We all know how I love my fun facts, right?
Seriously, my morning is not a success until I have a hot cup of java love in my hand and my fun facts picked out.
|I need my fix, people!|
Anyway, I could not for the life of me think of a topic I wanted to write about for this blog post. On top of deadline brain, all three of my kids have projects and field trips this month. So I went looking for inspiration and ran across a little fun fact that piqued my interest.
Today's fun fact- Xanthippe is a term used to describe an easily annoyed woman, one who is ill tempered.
Being a... strong personality myself, this fact fascinated me.
Apparently, the name comes from Socrates' much younger wife, Xanthippe, who is considered the epitome of the shrewish wife.
The origin of the her name is Greek, meaning Blond (Xanthos) Horse (Hippos). Personally, if anyone christened me blond horse, I'd be mighty ill tempered too.
Xanthippe is believed to be the inspiration for Katherina in Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" because she possessed a sharp tongue and is said to be the only person to have beaten Socrates in a debate.
In fact, after one such heated discussion, she supposedly dumped a chamber pot on his head. His comeback, "After thunder generally falls the rain," is a testament to his amazing patience.
But, in her defense, I'd probably bash my husband in the melon with a toilet too if he philosophized for free to people who thought him nuts, leaving me at home with three boys and no money.
|Weapon of choice, ladies. Win hard.|
It should also be noted that I went looking for the antonym for Xanthrippe... there is none. I'm sure it doesn't mean there has never been a wife who didn't nag. Ahem.
Do you consider yourself a Xanthippe? I don't. But my husband's opinion may differ. ;)