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Thread #154639   Message #3629258
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
30-May-14 - 10:51 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Banks of the Reedy Lagoon
Subject: RE: Origins: The Reedy Lagoon
It's clearer in context:

Oh where is young Frankie and how he could ride
And Johnnie the light-hearted boy?
They tell me that lately he's taken a bride
A benedict's life to enjoy.

I believe this term comes from Shakespeare's 'Much Ado about Nothing,' in which Beatrice and Benedick are first at each other's throats, then are finagled into falling in love. There's a will-known line something like, "Here comes Benedick, the married man."