How's the wife?

How's the wife?

Inf. a phrase used by a man when inquiring about a male friend's wife. Tom: Hi, Fred, how are you? Fred: Good. And you? Tom: Great! How's the wife? Fred: Okay, and yours? Tom: Couldn't be better. Bill: Hi, Bob. How's the wife? Bob: Doing fine. How's every little thing? Bill: Great!
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"How's it going?" "Fine." "How's the wife?" "Oh, she's dead." "What?" "I murdered her this morning." "You're kidding me on." "No, I'll show you, if you like."
"And how's the wife?" Eventually, Fidelma said: "Look.
The Press guy said, 'Do you mind us asking what he said to you?' I replied, 'He asked - how's the wife?' You have to have a sense of humour or you've no chance.
Polite people do not neglect to say, "Give my best to your husband" or "How's the wife?"--casual reminders that, in the world's eyes, you're attached to somebody.
"And how's the wife?" he'd chuckle with that ever-present twinkle in his eye.
"'How's it going?' 'Fine.' 'How's the wife?' 'Oh, she's dead.' 'What?' 'I murdered her this morning.' 'You're kidding me on.' 'No, I'll show you, if you like.'