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Swear on my lovers wife

Posted by ESC on February 22, 2008 at 10:27:

In Reply to: Swear on my lovers wife posted by Victoria S Dennis on February 21, 2008 at 17:49:

: : My dad always used to "swear on my lovers wife". What did he mean?

: I suspect it was a jokey variation on "swear on my mother's life". (VSD)

But wouldn't the person care very little about the lover's wife? And everyone loves his mother, right?