How to get a copy of marriage certificate
the condition of having three spouses, especially in the criminal sense of having them simultaneously. — trigamous. adj.
Divorced men are like marked-down clothes; you get them after the season during which they would have made a sensation, and there is less choice, but they’re easier to acquire —Judith Martin Divorce is like a side dish that nobody remembers having ordered —Alexander King For an artist to marry his model is as fatal as for a gourmet to marry his cook: the one gets no sittings, and the other no dinners —Oscar Wilde For an old man to marry a young girl is like buying a new book for somebody else to read —Anon Getting married is like a healthy man going into a sickbed —Isaac Bashevis Singer Getting married is serious business. It’s kinda formal, like funerals or playing stud poker —line from 1940 movie, They Knew What They Wanted
- Adultery in a house is like a worm in poppy seeds —Babylonian Talmud
- Adultery’s like the common cold, if one bedfellow contracts it, his companion automatically does —Robert Traver
- Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse —Arthur Baer, New York Journal American
- Bridesmaids in their flowery frocks bloom round the bride like hollyhocks —Ogden Nash
- The death of a man’s wife is like cutting down an ancient oak that has long shaded the family mansion —Alphonse de Lamartine
The actor voicing this was William Gargan. He [husband of long-standing] is like an old coat, beautiful in texture, but easy and loose —Audrey Colvin, letter to New York Times/ ,Ll July 17, 1986 A husband, like religion and medicine, must be taken with blind faith —Helen Rowland
This has been modernized from “Like unto religion.” Husbands, like governments must never admit they are wrong —Honoré de Balzac Husbands are like (motor) cars; all are good the first year —Channing Pollock Husbands are like fires, they go out when unattended —Zsa Zsa Gabor Husbands should be like Kleenex, soft, clean and disposable —Madeline Kahn, interview, television news program, December, 1985 A husband without ability is like a house without a roof —Spanish proverb It [a second marriage] is the triumph of hope over experience —Samuel Johnson It [marriage] resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing any one who comes between them —Sydney Smith It’s [the permanence of marriage] like having siblings: you can’t lose a brother or a sister. They’re always there —Germaine Greer, Playboy. January, 1972 It [marriage and motherhood] was like being brainwashed, and afterward you went about numb as a slave in some private, totalitarian state —Sylvia Plath Like suicide, divorce was something that had to be done on a thoughtless impulse, full speed ahead —R. V. Cassill A man’s wife should fit like a good, comfortable shoe —Ukrainian proverb A man with a face that looks like someone had thrown it at him in anger nearly always marries before he is old enough to vote —Finley Peter Dunne Many a marriage has commenced like the morning, red, and perished like a mushroom … because the married pair neglected to be as agreeable to each other after their union as they were before it —Frederika Bremer Marriage may be compared to a cage: the birds outside frantic to get in and those inside frantic to get out —Michel de Montaigne
The simile also appeared in a play by a sixteenth century dramatist, John Webster, beginning “Marriage is just like a summer bird cage in a garden.” See the French proverb below for yet another twist on the same theme. Marriage from love, like vinegar from wine, a sad, sour, sober beverage —Lord Byron Marriage is a good deal like a circus: there is not as much in it as is represented in the advertising —Edgar Watson Howe Marriage is a hand grenade with the pin out. You hold your breath waiting for the explosion —Abraham Rothberg Marriage is like a three-speed gearbox: affection, friendship, love —Peter Ustinov Marriage is like a beleaguered fortress; those who are without want to get in, and those within want to get out —French proverb Marriage is like a dull meal with the dessert at the beginning —dialogue from the movie, Moulin Rouge
The dialogue was spoken by Jose Ferrer as Toulouse Lautrec. Marriage is like a long trip in a tiny rowboat: if one passenger starts to rock the boat, the other has to steady it; otherwise they’ll go to bottom together —Dr. David R. Reuben, Reader’s Digest. January, 1973 Marriage is like a river; it is easier to fall in than out —Anon Marriage is like a ship; sometimes you just have to ride out the storm —“L. A. Law,” television drama, 1987 Marriage is like buying something you’ve been admiring for a long time in a shop window … you may love it when you get home but it doesn’t always go with everything else in the house —Jean Kerr Marriage is like life in this … that it is a field of battle, and not a bed of roses —Robert Louis Stevenson Marriage is like panty-hose; it all depends on what you put into it —Phyllis Schlafly Marriage is like twirling a baton, turning handsprings or eating with chopsticks; it looks so easy till you try it —Helen Rowland Marriage like death is nothing to worry about —Don Herod Marriages are like diets. They can
be ruined by having a little dish on the side —Earl Wilson Marriages, like houses, need constant patching —Nancy Mairs, New York Times/ Hers, July 30, 1987
The simile was the highlighted blurb to capture reader attention. Actually it was a capsulized paraphrase from Ms. Mairs’ own concluding words: “Marriages, like houses, haven’t got ‘ever afters’.” The stucco chips off and the cat falls through the screen and the bathroom drain runs slow. If you don’t want the house falling down around your ears, you must plan to learn to wield a trowel and a hammer and a plunger. Marriages were breaking up as fast as tires blowing in a long race —Norman Mailer A marriage that grew like a great book, filling twenty-five years with many thousands of elaborate and subtle details —Larry McMurtry A (seventeen-year) marriage that had been patched like an old rubber tire gone too many miles on a treadmill —Paige Mitchell (She had decided long before that) marriage was like breathing, as soon as you noticed the process, you stopped it at peril of your life —Laura Furman A married man forms married habits and becomes dependent on marriage just as a sailor becomes dependent on the sea —George Bernard Shaw Married so long … like Siamese twins they infect each other’s feelings —Mary Hedin Marrying a daughter to a boor is like throwing her to a lion —Babylonian Talmud Marrying a woman for her money is very much like setting a rat-trap, and baiting it with your own finger —Josh Billings
In Billings’ phonetic dialect: “munny is vera mutch like … with yure own finger.” Matrimony, like a dip in the sea, first stimulates, then chills. But once out of the water the call of the ocean lures the bather to another plunge —Anon Middle-aged marriages in which people seem stuck like flies caught in jelly —Norma Klein (I am as) monogamous as the North Star —Carolyn Kizer The sickening cords of their marriage drying everything like an invisible paste —John Updike A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day —Andre Maurois They [bride and groom] looked as though they belonged on top of their own enormous cake —Paul Reidinger Wartime marriage … it’s like being married on top of a volcano —H. E. Bates Wedlock’s like wine, not properly judged of till the second glass —Douglas Jerrold Wife swapping is like a form of incest in which nobody’s more guilty than anybody else —Germaine Greer, Playboy. January, 1972
cheese and kisses Rhyming slang for missis. one’s wife. This British expression is popular in Australia, where it is frequently shortened to simply cheese. It also enjoys some use on the West Coast of the United States. Ernest Booth used the phrase in American Mercury in 1928.
Darby and Joan A happily married, older couple; an old-fashioned, loving couple. According to one account, the pair was immortalized by Henry Wood-fall in a love ballad entitled “The Joys of Love Never Forgot: A Song,” which appeared in a 1735 edition of Gentleman’s Magazine. a British publication. Darby is John Darby, a former employer of Woodfall’s. Joan is Darby’s wife. The two were inseparable, acting like honeymooners even into their golden years. Darby and Joan was also the name of a popular 19th-century song. Darby and Joan Clubs are in Britain what Senior Citizens’ Clubs are in the United States. The word darbies is sometimes used as a nickname for handcuffs. The rationale is that handcuffs are an inseparable pair.
go to the world To be married or wed, to become man and wife. World in this expression refers to the secular, lay life as opposed to the religious, clerical life. The phrase, no longer heard today, dates from at least 1565. It appeared in Shakespeare’s All’s Well that Ends Well:
But, if I may have your ladyship’s good will to go to the world, Isbel the woman and I will do as we may. (I, iii)
jump over the broomstick To get married; said of those whose wedding ceremony is informal or unofficial. Variants include to marry over the broomstick, to jump the besom. and to jump the broom. This expression, which dates from the late 18th century, refers to the informal marriage ceremony in which both parties jumped over a besom, or broomstick, into the land of holy matrimony. Although neither the ceremony nor the phrase is common today, they were well-known to Southern Negro slaves, who were not considered important enough to merit church weddings, and so were married by jumping over the broomstick.
There’s some as think she was married over the broom-stick, if she was married at all. (Julian Hawthorne, Fortune’s Fool. 1883)
mother of pearl Girlfriend or wife. This phrase is rhyming slang for girl. but applies almost exclusively to females who are girlfriends or wives.
my old dutch Wife. This expression of endearment is a British colloquialism for one’s spouse. Here dutch is short for duchess .
plates and dishes Rhyming slang for missis. one’s wife. Plates and dishes are a rather pointed reference to the household duties of a wife.
trouble and strife Rhyming slang for wife. dating from the early 1900s. According to Julian Franklyn (A Dictionary of Rhyming Slang ), this is the most widely used of the many rhyming slang phrases for wife. including struggle and strife, worry and strife. and the American equivalent storm and strife .
Marriage refers to the state of being married, or to the relationship between a husband and wife.
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