Is expression 'shotgun wedding' commonly used among English users?

  • JulianStuart

    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)
    It's always a good idea to search first - it is in the dictionary, suggesting that it is quite well-known :D
    shotgun wedding - Dictionary of English.
    The expression seems to have started being popular in the 1920s and is still going strong, at least in print.

    (I recall a stand-up comedian telling the story of a bridegroom claiming grounds for divorce that the bride's father did not have a licence for the shotgun :D)


    Senior Member
    English - British (Southern England)
    While it is understood, it is not nearly as commonly used as it used to be. The reason for this is simple. Pregnancy and having a baby outside marriage is far more widely accepted that it was only fifty years ago.
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