Thursday, 15 June 2017


There is a very old, unpleasant and dangerous game around. In it married couples fling insults and put downs, and indulge in innuendo and other tactics that are designed to bring their spouse down.

This game, apart from being utterly unpleasant for others to watch, is guaranteed to cause resentment between spouses and create general ill feeling toward each other, which will permeate all who come in their circles. The game is called Shoot The Spouse!

Really good contestants in the game will acquire years of practice before finally extinguishing any semblance of respect and love in their affronted spouse. They ideally will have started with snide remarks and sarcasm, gradually building up to full blown insults, punctuated by demands and threats.

The really seasoned contestants will have the ability to silence their spouse with a look or gesture, practiced over many years of tense stand-offs and silent treatment. A truly professional and seasoned player of The Game will be able to successfully reduce a spouse to tears or blows, usually dependant on the spouses’ gender.

Shoot The Spouse is especially deceptive is the fact that neither player initially appears to be playing as the leading player of the game will be such a consummate player as to ensure that the game will be fully established in its unpleasantness and demoralising affect before the targeted spouse is aware that they have been engaged in play.

Once engaged in Shoot The Spouse, it is often difficult to regain the affronted spouses’ affections as mentioned previously. Therefore, this game is especially conducive to lining divorce lawyers’ and marriage counselors’ pockets and the end result is that neither player wins! The makers of Shoot The Spouse advise that only those prepared to lose out on a harmonious home life and happy marriage, should compete in this game.

Shoot The Spouse is not a game for those who desire to keep their marriage vows, or for the kind-hearted, but it is highly recommended for those who love to live life on the edge and gamble with each other’s happiness. Those unwilling to risk or gamble with such high odds of blowing their spouse out of the water and shooting themselves in the foot, are advised not to play Shoot The Spouse!

© Glenys Robyn Hicks

"Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband." Ephesians 5:33


  1. Sadly, I think this game has been played in our house before. It's time to stop. Thank for the reminder; found you through Titus 2sdays.

  2. The good news is that you have recognised that you have played this game... lots of people don't realise that the game has even begun let alone see it for what it is and try to stop it and pack it up... thanks for commenting today, Blessings Glenys

  3. Oh, my. I have seen this play out many times, and as you note, it is so incredibly uncomfortable and dangerous to be nearby! I just never knew this was what it was called.

    Thanks for the tongue in cheek look at a real problem in marriages!

  4. Kim, I called the game shoot the spouse because that's what we do when we play this destructive game. We snipe at our spouse shooting them down in flames, and usually in the long term, we kill our marriage. I find that shoot the spouse is often portrayed as a form of comedy on TV. This deadly game is far from humourous! Thanks for commenting today! Blessings!


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