A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 19, 2019
Seven Year Itch

Wikipedia: The seven-year itch
The seven-year itch is a psychological term that suggests that happiness in a relationship declines after around year seven of a marriage. The phrase originated as a name for irritating and contagious skin complaints of a long duration. Examples of reference may have included STD outbreaks that are known to significantly decrease in frequency after seven years, or mites that live under the skin (scabies) and cause severe itching that is hard to get rid of. Later on in the 19th and early 20th centuries it was viewed as an expression of imagined appropriate punishment for antisocial behavior, or as a simile for a situation with little hope in relief.

The phrase was first used to describe an inclination to become unfaithful after seven years of marriage in the play The Seven Year Itch by George Axelrod, and gained popularity following the 1955 film adaptation starring Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell. In his 1913 novel The Eighth Year, Philip Gibbs attributes the concept to the British judge Sir Francis Jeune.

(Oxford English Dictionary)
seven year(s’ itch (orig. U.S.), used to designate conditions supposed to last for, appear, or recur after, seven years; frequently applied jocularly to an urge towards infidelity after seven years of marriage.
1854 H. D. Thoreau Walden 355 These may be but the spring months in the life of the race. If we have had the seven-years’ itch, we have not seen the seventeen-year locust yet in Concord.
1899 C. W. Chesnutt Conjure Woman 154 Lawsuits wuz slow ez de seben-yeah eetch.

17 July 1841, Pittsburgh (PA) Daily Gazette, pg. 2, col. 5:
By C. Hopkins. This day we celebrate, as it returns, for it being the day on which our forefathers declared their independence, resolved to suffer years of privation, seven of which were sacrificed—and may the man that will not celebrate its return, be afflicted with seven years’ itch, ride on a slave’s horse without trousers, and without privilege of scratching.

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The complete text of The seven year itch
Author: George Axelrod
Publisher: New York : Theatre Arts, 1954, ©1952.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

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The seven year itch : a romantic comedy
Author: George Axelrod
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [1955, ©1953]
Edition/Format: Print book : Fiction : English

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The Seven-Year Itch
Author: C D Alergant
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication: Sexually Transmitted Infections, v37 n3 (19610901): 200-201

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The Academic Seven Year Itch and A Possible Home Remedy
Author: Catherine M Warrick Affiliation: Metropolitan State College
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Western College Reading Association, v12 n1 (197904): 1-5

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Seven year itch.
Author: Etta James
Publisher: Island, ©1988.
Edition/Format: Music CD : CD audio : No Linguistic Content

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Author: Frank Otto
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication: CALICO Journal, v7 n1 (19890901): 3

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BT’s seven-year itch
Edition/Format: Article Article
Publication: CABLE AND SATELLITE EUROPE, (March 1993): 58

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Seven Year Itch?: German unity from a fiscal viewpoint.
Author: Ullrich Hellermann
Publisher: American Inst. for Contemporary Ger, 1997.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

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