Posted by Bob on August 22, 2000
In Reply to: Red-headed stepchild. posted by ESC on August 22, 2000
: : What does this mean?
: A stepchild might be singled out for abuse. But a red-headed stepchild (who presumably looks like his or her absent birth-parent) might be abused even more because he or she is so obviously different from the other children.
: The expression I have heard is, "I'm going to beat you like a red-headed stepchild."
: Sad, isn't it?
Only slightly more humane is: "beat you like a rented mule."