What does SWMBO stand for?

She who must be obeyed

SWMBO is slang for a female who "must be obeyed." It sounds harsh, but is often used jokingly to refer to a girlfriend or wife whose preference takes priority.

The term She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed originated in the novel She: A History of Adventure, which was written by Sir H. Rider Haggard. In the novel, two adventurers search for a terrible, supernatural queen named Ayesha, who is sometimes referred to by the nickname She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed.


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SWMBO means "she who must be obeyed"

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Updated October 5, 2023

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