Apr 17, 2012

The definitive wife

I often see a lot of fellas, usually the young, articulate, can-write-well types, use the phrase "the wife" in personal narratives. An example:
Today, the wife and I exchanged glances that would make Emraan Hashmi feel chaste.
Ok, it wasn't a real example (no one can make the #me feel that way). But you get the point.

So when did references to the prettier spouse take on the definite article? What kind of egotistical world does everyone live in, where a reference to "the wife" can be made without any fear of misunderstanding?

I might understand if the Pandavas said "the wife" at home. "The wife is pleating the sari that Krishna gave her - will take some time", said Nakula to Yudhisthira.

Are people shy of using "my wife"? Has it somehow become politically incorrect to do so; does it imply objectification of the lady, a degree of unhealthy possessiveness? Or I am just the confused by-product of a post-modernist-feminist Captain-Subtextual polysyllabic era?

Perhaps I should just ask a wife.

Of course, the wives of these gents seldom use the phrase "the husband". They use that execrable word "hubby" instead.


Viky said...

Have you noticed how some people even make the relationship less obvious be referring to the other half, or the other adult in the house :D

Anonymous said...

Prefer wifey instead?

Unknown said...

'wifey' is equally bleh for me. The word 'wife' is good enough!

Asmita said...

I hate the word 'hubby' too!

'my wife' or 'my husband' server the purpose just fine.

hirak said...

Ha! Funny!

"the wife" makes more sense in the context of "the ball and chain"? hardly can refer it as "my ball and chain"

'Hubby' or 'wifey' is the anglicized version of those great euphemisms -
"माझें मिस्तर" or मिस्सेस