Friday, February 05, 2010

Thoughts On 'Old Bags'

Think about this:

When one uses the expression *my old man*...

They are usually referencing their father.


But when one uses the expression *my old lady*...

That is an idiomatic referencing of their wife.

So why the generational discrepancy?

Is the conflation of wives and mothers Oedipal or something?

Or is it a patriarchal, chauvinistic statement that in some way, wives age faster than husbands - as in dog-years or something?

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