September 10, 2022
SEP 10, binomial phrases: 'for better or for worse'
Authors' Note: In deciding on their wedding vows, brides and grooms often pick binomial expressions owing to their aura of tradition and their musicality. Such phrases, bordering on clichés, include:for better or for worse, to have and to hold, richer or poorer, and in sickness and in health. The ultimate cliché in this formulaic construct is usually "til death do us part" (not a binomial), following which, in most circumstances, the declared man and wife get photographed, and then go off to party.