Jealousy & Envy


Jealousy & Envy

These words are mine,
And you shan’t have them –
These are mine, and mine alone.
I guard them close
So none may grab them –
Guard them close, these words I own.
Oh, how much you want them, want them,
Oh, how much you seethe and pine
So here, take envy, just for you…
But jealousy is mine, all mine !

It should be pointed out that the conflation of jealous to mean envious has a long history, and Wiktionary provides quotes of both Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain using it this way.  As a strict descriptivist, I have no problem with this (as shown here), but tend not to use jealous at all, preferring envious and possessive.  But that’s just me.

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