WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ The Parson’s Mousetrap

Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam… And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva… So tweasure your wuv.
~The Impressive Clergyman, The Princess Bride

John Lewis Krimmel, The Country Wedding, 1820

John Lewis Krimmel, The Country Wedding, 1820

The Parson’s Mousetrap (noun)

The state of matrimony. See also noozed, priest-linked, spliced, swish’d, and yoakd

Edmund Blair Leighton (1853-1922), Signing the Register, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery UK, The Bridgeman Art Library.

Edmund Blair Leighton (1853-1922), Signing the Register, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery UK, The Bridgeman Art Library.

Frederick Morgan, Off for th Honeymoon, 1903.

Frederick Morgan, Off for th Honeymoon, 1903.

James Shaw Crompton, None But the Brave Deserve the Fair, 1915, from The Pears Annual.

James Shaw Crompton, None But the Brave Deserve the Fair, 1915, from The Pears Annual.

Slang definition from the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

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