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  • Wife of Socrates, traditionally described as shrewish and scolding, therefore, a shrew or nag

    June 28, 2008

  • Soon to be an anti-anti-anxiety drug from Merpfvartyeth.

    June 28, 2008

  • Alleged to be the only word beginning with 'X' in all of Shakespeare. Though I must admit that I have not checked this personally.

    June 28, 2008

  • I always wonder who does check such things.

    June 28, 2008

  • Ph.D. students.

    June 28, 2008

  • A story is told of this redoubtable lady, that she once emptied a bucket of urine upon the head of Socrates, whereupon he replied, "After the thunder must come the rain."

    March 19, 2009

  • Actually it's Zentippe in the Quarto and First Folio, Zantippe in later Folios, so not an authentic Shakespearean X.

    Odd that this spelling has persisted in common use: the Greek gives Xanthippe (xanth- "yellow" + hipp- "horse").

    March 19, 2009