The photos in this piece are from the recent wedding; there is a reason for that so read on.
I read a piece today, quoting Susie Dent, who may be known to British readers as the wordsmith on the TV programme Countdown. She is leading a campaign to bring back into use some words that are more usually associated with their negative form.
She wants us to be ept at our use of words and gruntled when we get the use right. We should be ruthfull about dismissing them and not feel combobulated when confronted with something unusual.
I wholeheartedly agree. I intend to take care and be feckfull in my future uses.
It did make me think a bit about one question that has been bothering me since my son married a month or so ago. I have acquired a daughter in law, and delightful she is too. She joins a son in law that fell into the family a couple of years ago and he’s an excellent addition.
More to the point their parents are grand company. Two weekends ago we spent a few days with the DIL’s parents and in two week’s we are being hosted by the SIL’s.
But what do we call them, to identify how they relate to us? I was slightly perturbed by being relegated to my son’s mother’s partner by a teacher at his primary school who struggled to categorize me as she didn’t know the status of my relationship with his mother. It made me a little third hand.
So if we are not to be our son’s parents in law, what are we?
We thought outlaws might suit and so far everyone favours that nomenclature but has anyone else confronted this and come up with a solution?