Bigamy with three wives

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Jul 9 15:59:09 UTC 2007

Yesterday the Boston area RCN cable channel information described the
1993 movie "The Man with Three Wives" as "Based on the true story of
a bigamous physician."  Well, I suppose -- polygamy is two letters longer.

The OED2's most recent use in this expanded sense (bigamy, n.,1.b.,
"loosely") is from 1635: J . Taylor (Water P.) Old Parr Dj, Each man
had many wives, which Bigamie, Was such increase to their Posterity.

But here is a
postdating:  "He
was also juggling three wives, Robyn (Pam Dawber), Katy (Joanna
Kerns), and Lillian (Kathleen Lloyd). The man made damn sure that
none of the women knew they were part of bigamy."

Who has imagined that when Mitt Romney is next asked for his views on
gay marriage, permitted in his former domain, he will reply that
according to his creed marriage is a sacred contract between one man
and several women.

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