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What should I call my late sister’s widower’s new wife?
Posted: Posted July 4th by chiarizio
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What should I call my late sister’s widower’s new wife?
It feels weird to call my brother-in-law’s wife “my sister-in-law”.
But that’s what I’m doing.

I’m also calling her sons my step-nephews; but that doesn’t feel weird at all.

Of course, en famille or face-to-face, I just call her Margaret; but when I want to talk about her to someone who doesn’t know her nor how she’s related to me, should I keep calling her “my sister-in-law”? Or is there some better term?


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"Hello this is my friend Margaret"

because you are technically friends so you arent lying

Posted July 4th by yukta
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@yukta:
"Hello this is my friend Margaret". because you are technically friends so you arent lying

Yes, that’s good when she’s there, or I’m introducing her, or I don’t need to say anything that prerequires a better understanding of our relationship..


Posted July 4th by chiarizio
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How about step-wife? Or wife-in-law?

Posted July 5th by Xhin
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How about step-wife? Or wife-in-law?


Makes sense to me!

My brother-in-law wants me to call his new wife “Margaret”; and he says that’s what she wants too. So that’s what I do around my niece and nephew and step-nephews and brother-in-law and Margaret.

I think I’d get as much comment or side-eyes from “step-wife” or “wife-in-law” as from “sister-in-law”.

Perhaps I should just resign myself to feeling weird?
Many friends and acquaintances say that I am, in fact, weird, so that would just be accepting and owning reality!


Posted July 5th by chiarizio
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