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Chapter 4. YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER—A... > New Definition of “Chutzpah”

New Definition of “Chutzpah”

“Chutzpah” is a Yiddish word, the short definition of which is “gall.” However, a better definition is provided through the often-told story of the young man who, having killed both his father and mother, pleads for mercy before the court on the ground that he is an orphan. We now have a new definition of chutzpah and it involves Steven M. Gilroy. Gilroy, an Oregon man, was accused of identity theft in 2004 through his use of a West Linn, Oregon woman's credit cards for everything from a grill ornament for his car to $310 in court fines. And just what were those fines for? They were fines from a 2002 identity theft conviction that police say he paid with the Oregon woman's credit card.

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned

Many people are familiar with the phrase,“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,”but few know that it comes from the play The Mourning Bride by William Congreve, a British author of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Interestingly enough, that same play also contains the line,“Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast.”That is not a typo; the word is“breast,”not“beast.”I cannot even imagine what a savage breast is. I don't think it has anything to do with Janet Jackson and the half-time show at the 2004 Super Bowl, though. In any event, I thought about the first of the aforementioned phrases when I learned about the conviction of Carol Baldasareon fraud and identity theft charges after she stole the identities of her estranged husband and mother-in-law and ran up $2,800 in credit card bills in their names.



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