phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

Home | Search the website Search | Discussion Forum Home|

Redheaded Stepchild

Posted by ESC on January 20, 2001

In Reply to: Redheaded Stepchild posted by heather on January 20, 2001

: I am wondering where the phrase "I'm going to beat you like a redheaded stepchild" came from. Where did the whole idea come from that a redheaded stepchild is a bad thing? Thanks for any help anyone can give.

From a previous discussion ("stepchild: under Archives):
: 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."