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Old 11-28-2011, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by gort View Post
Merriam webster seems to put doubt on this last part. Seems unlikely to be synonym for shame.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wife

The origins in either case are very old. Prior to 12th century.
Fair enough, but the (admittedly online and therefore dubious) source I consulted suggests some disagreement on this point:

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=wife

I've got to get my own copy of the OED!
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