Posted by Smokey Stover on December 31, 2004
In Reply to: Re: Grass widow posted by Brian from Shawnee 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.
Oh, pshaw! I just explained what a grass widow was to an Indian lady, not more than two weeks ago, using the explanation of the hot summer on the plain, green grass in the hill stations. I've read this explanation more than once, and took it to my bosom. Now I learn that it's all eyewash. Jumpin' Jehosophat! SS