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Waxing roth

Posted by Bob on February 20, 2007

In Reply to: Waxing roth posted by Mel Vogel on February 20, 2007

: Is there such a phrase as "waxing roth" --- meaning, I think, to be very upset or mad?

: I recall that phrase was included in a Marx Brothers movie, the one where Groucho is president of a university. He's in his office and in comes his secretary; the secretary reminds him that an important visitor has been waiting very long to see Groucho and that the latter has kept the visitor waiting.

: The secretary says, "(the visitor) is so upset at being kept waiting -- he's waxing roth." Groucho, as only he could do, quips, "Well tell him to wax someone else!"

You were close. It's spelled wroth.