One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A devoted old married couple.
- ‘You might have sat, like Darby and Joan, and flattered each other; and billed and cooed like a pair of old pigeons on a perch.’
Late 18th century: from a poem (1735) in the Gentleman's Magazine, which contained the lines ‘Old Darby, with Joan by his side … They're never happy asunder.’.
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