What About the “Wife – in- Law”?

The English language is flexible, versatile, and adaptable to infinite subtlety.  But still there are concepts and relationships for which we have no words, Here’s an example.

My daughter Barbara has an excellent relationship wouith her mother – in – law, Trish (as do I). A few years ago, after a boozy Christmas lunch on one of my infrequent visits to Johannesburg, I put to Trish this question:

If you, Trish, are my daughter’s mother – in – law;

and I am the father in – law of your son –

Does that make you my WIFE – in – :LAW?


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