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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Let's give 'em something to blog about, shrew.


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. ;)



20 comments:

  1. I don't think I'm a Xanthrippe. If anything, I often hear I'm too nice. :)

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    1. You ARE too nice. I think you often hear that from me. ;)

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    2. LOL! Agreed! You're the nicest, Sam!

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    3. Samantha, I can honestly say I've NEVER been accused of being too nice. The burden you carry! Lol

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    4. Yep, Samantha is easily the nicest person I know.

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  2. Am I a Xanthrippe? It probably depends who you ask. (I'm betting my son would say, "Um...YES!"). The Scientist, however, would never say that I am. Have I mentioned lately how much I love him?

    Honestly - though - I'm sure I've been called worse. Unlike Samantha, I don't have a rep of being too nice. ;) I mean I *am* nice; but I'm not TOO nice, if you know what I mean. LOL

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    1. I love you, Ava, but I would never, ever want to be on your bad side. lol

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    2. Well, Ava, you don't call him "The Scientest" because he's stupid. ;) Bahaha!

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    3. LOL. I don't think you could ever be on my bad side, Jerr... But just to be safe, go ahead and be careful anyway. ;)

      Andris - He is pretty brilliant. ;) LOL

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  3. I think I have a little Blonde Horse in me. LOL! I used to be waaaaaay worse. My Libra husband has mellowed me out over the years and taught me to be more diplomatic. "You catch more flies with honey," is his favorite saying. On the other hand, I've taught him to be more assertive, say "no," and to stand up for himself. I wonder if Xani (we're on a nickname basis already) taught old Socrates a thing or two?

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    1. I've got a lot of horse--she's just not blond. :D My husband is the more easy-going of us as well. Though I'm sure he's grateful I've mellowed a bit, he still call me his pitbull. I'm sure it's a compliment.
      And not to disagree but, who the hell wants to catch flies anyway?! Ha!

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    2. Hey! That's a great point! Totally going to use that next time he says that to me! LOL!

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    3. I would say you two are a perfect match then, Jerrica! That's the way Jake and I are. He's much more mellow than I am so we balance.

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  4. Honestly? I try not to be a shrew. But you know what, around here if you give an inch they take a mile, and sometimes Xanthrippe has to come out and put her foot down.

    Just sayin'

    :-)

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    1. I totally agree, Deb. Don't bother with the nice, just start off with Xanthippe and make them toe the line! Baha!

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  5. I can be. But it takes a lot to bring the blond horse out of me. But once she's free, that's it, all bets are off and there are no rules in war. I can be right nasty when I want to be and poor hubby has learned to run and hide lol.

    But again I feel like anger is a last resort. If all else fails though I have no qualms about ripping anyone a new one...so to speak. =D

    Great blog, Andris! And I love your fun facts of the day!

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    1. Thanks Suzie! Yeah, my horse has been out of the barn for quite some time now, so woe to anyone foolish enough to try and put her back in! Bahaha!

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  6. I don't think I am a Zanthippe, but as I age I seem to notice her emerging a bit more often. However, my husband may claim she is alive and well and in full control. I am not sure I want to ask him - lol.

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    1. I definitely wouldn't ask him, Jane. Just carry on as if you've never heard the term. That way he can't accuse you of being one. :D

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