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Re: Grass widow

Posted by Brian from Shawnee on December 31, 2004

In Reply to: Grass widow posted by Jose Carlos on December 31, 2004

: What is the meaning of a grass widow? Where does the grass come from? Is the expression still in force?

: In Portuguese we have a very old-fashioned expression: "casar na igreja verde" - "get married in the green church". The green church stands for the woods, the greens. So the meaning is to have an illicit relationship, actually out of a wedlock.

: Could there possibly be a correlation between the "verde" (green) and the "grass" of each expression?

: JC

I never heard this one myself (born & raised in the Northeastern U.S.) but apparently others have.