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Entry from September 26, 2013
“Divorce, from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet”

American comedian and actor Robin Williams (1951-2014) said:

“Ah yes, divorce, from that Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet.”

It’s uncertain when Williams first said it, but the one-liner has been cited in print since at least 1997.


Wikipedia: Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American comedian and actor. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco’s comedy renaissance. After rising to fame as Mork in Mork & Mindy (1978–82), Williams went on to establish a career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. He was known for his improvisational skills.

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Ah yes, divorce, from that Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet.  |
Robin Williams

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Some of the better quotes on the human condition…

Ah, yes, divorce, from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet.
-Robin Williams

Google Books
That’s Really Funny:
Over 1,000 More Great Jokes from Today’s Hottest Comedians

Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Publishing
2000
Pg. 43:
Divorce comes from the old Latin word divorcerum, meaning “having your genitals torn out through your wallet.”—ROBIN WILLIAMS

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The 1,400 Greatest Quotes of All Time in 140 Characters Or Less

Compiled and Edited by Sayre Van Young and Marin Van Young
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
2011
Pg. 64:
Ah, yes...divorce… from the Latin word meaning “to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet.”
Robin Williams

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“Ah, yes, divorce, from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet - Robin Williams
7:03 PM - 3 Jan 13

CBS This Morning
September 26, 2013 11:00 AM
Robin Williams talks “The Crazy Ones,” life after heart surgery, and divorce
By Amanda Cochran
(...)
“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King noted Williams’ own definition of divorce, saying, “I thought this was hilarious: (you said) divorce is derived from the Latin meaning ‘to rip a man’s genitals out of his wallet’.”

Williams replied, “That was an old, old joke. ‘Through his wallet,’ but thank you. Old, old joke, but thank you for bringing that back. Come kick me in the heart.”

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Ah, yes, divorce… from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet-__-
2:10 PM - 26 Sep 13

The Telegraph (UK)
Robin Williams: ‘Divorce is like ripping a man’s genitals out through his wallet’
Hollywood funnyman Robin Williams on why he’s gone down the aisle for the third time.

By Judith Woods6:00AM BST 12 Aug 2014
This interview was first published on 28 November, 2011. In light of the death of Robin Williams, announced on Monday, it has been republished.
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Williams comes across as a truly serene soul but, make no mistake, it wasn’t always so; there were the years of drug-taking and alcoholism, the rehab, rumoured affairs and two broken marriages – “Ah yes, divorce, from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet” – that together left him with a £20 million bill.

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