Wordy Wednesday – “Laugh yourselves into stitches”

For those of you who guessed that Maria, from Twelfth Night, spoke Monday’s mystery quote, here is a passage that follows up on her plan to play a prank on the uptight, lovesick Malvolio. Here, Maria uses the phrase “laugh yourselves into stitches” in Act 3, Scene 2 of Twelfth Night in order to emphasize the hilarity of Malvolio’s reaction to her prank:

If you desire the spleen, and will laugh yourselves into stitches, follow me. Yond gull Malvolio is turned heathen, a very renegado; for there is no Christian that means to be saved by believing rightly can ever believe such impossible passages of grossness. He’s in yellow stockings!

We still use this phrase today when we want to emphasize how hard or how much we are laughing. To laugh yourself into stitches means to laugh so hard that it hurts. For example, we might say: “George is such a funny storyteller that he had us in stitches the entire night.”

What was the last story or joke you heard that left you in stitches? Share it in the comments!

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