The Husband’s Best Friend

Saint Guerluchon is a medieval fertility saint whom the XVIII century turned into a patron saint of cuckolds. This conversion is a complicated process by which letter u was deleted, and letters e and r traded their positions; the XVIII century neologism greluchon meant a secret heart-throb of a married woman, or an unmarried one, but already equipped with one very useful, rent-paying lover. In the XX century greluchon was replaced by the multinational gigolo. Pitiful. What has survived is greluche — an easy, light-headed girl.

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3 Responses to The Husband’s Best Friend

  1. insulting and derogatory though it may be, I still adore the evolution of words! When we define today’s greluche as “easy,” I am correct to assume it’s not the free-spirited type?

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