beaten like a red headed stepchild


so, this weeks written task – a short story that includes this phrase and the entomolgy – for those who like that kind of thing

The origin of the phrase “red haired step child” dates to the 1830’s &  40’s when Irish emigrants began arriving in America. The newly arrived Irish  were somewhere below free blacks on the social scale at the time, and lived in  segregated communities. Then, like now, young men were having sexual relations  with young women before marriage. Sometimes the men were Irish and the girls  were not. This resulted in many out of wedlock children with that red Irish  hair. When these young women did finally marry, usually to a young man not of  Irish descent, the new husband was not particularly patient or sympathetic to  the red haired step child and treated them harshly. .
Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Where_did_the_phrase_’beat_you_like_a_red-headed_stepchild’_come_from_and_what_does_it_mean#ixzz1w9IBRjaY

 

About cathi rae

50ish teacher & aspiring writer and parent of a stroppy teenager and carer for a confused bedlington terrier and a small selection of horses who fail to shar emy dressage ambitions. Interested in contemporary fiction but find myself returning to PG Wodehouse when the chips are down View all posts by cathi rae

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