pronker (pronker) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Phrase re relationships from Gran, b. 1900 of English (Devon) extraction by her immigrant mother.

"Do you want a street devil and a house angel, or vice versa?" meaning, "Is he nice to you in front of others but belittle you when you're alone, or does he rag on you in front of others but treat you well when it's just you and him?" regarding husbands.

Gran asked this occasionally when family women got together to discuss life, and I wonder if anyone else were familiar with the question.
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