Posted by Lewis on June 17, 2005
In Reply to: Seven-year-itch posted by Bruce Kahl on June 16, 2005
: : : Despite the desultory meanings of "seven-year-itch" to mean 'an urge to be unfaithful after seven years' and the biblical passage of seven year scabies or locusts, I remain unsatisfied.
: : : There must be more to this phrase than the offered definitions. I agree that the number "7" has some sort of mystical connotation, but beyond this, a metaphysical meaning has not been explored....can anyone help in this regard?
: : : Dan
: : Why look for complicated explanations when the simple one fits the bill? I have never heard any other version than the urge to infidelity after seven years.
: : DFG
: From a previous discussion, see link below:
I seem to recall there being a sociological explanation linked to average period of courting, early marriage and the arrival of children. My recollection was that after 7 years, the young are old enough not to need parental protection, so he has a natural inclination to go off and impregnate elsewhere.