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This week's theme: words related to beards.
bluebeard (BLOO-beerd) noun
A man who marries and kills one wife after another.
[After Bluebeard, the nickname of the main character Raoul in a fairy tale by Charles Perrault (1628-1703). In the story, Bluebeard's wife finds the bodies of his previous wives in a room she was forbidden to enter. Yes, he did have a blue beard.]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"[The groom] may have to carry her spiritual guide, and perhaps her interior bluebeard, some brutal side of the feminine." Robert Bly; A Little Book on the Human Shadow; Harper; 1988.
It has always seemed absurd to suppose that a god would choose for his companions, during all eternity, the dear souls whose highest and only ambition is to obey. -Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer and orator (1833-1899)