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Re: Personal Conjugation based on Closeness

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Monday, March 31, 2003, 7:15
Quoting Roger Mills <romilly@...>:

> Tristan wrote: > > Unless usage differs outside of Australia, it's actually 'aunts and > > uncles' (like 'black and white', 'husband and wife', 'mum and dad', > 'fish > > and chips', or 'knife and fork'). > > > I recall that my mother and her contemps. always referred (first name > basis) > to their married friends with the woman's name first-- Janet and Jim, > Jane > and Bob, etc. (though one uncle's in-laws, whom she didn't like, were > Olaf > and Annie). Since my father didn't have much say w.r.t their social > life, I > don't know what he would have said. > > Most of my friends being gay, the matter is irrelevant-- Dave and > Barry=Barry and Dave, Sally and Cy etc. (But most of the time the one > I > know/like better goes first.) The few m/f couples I know tend to go > by > man's name first-- Matt and Kim, Dick and Staci. That's also how I > refer to > my nephews and their wives--- as does my sister, but of course they're > her > sons, and she doesn't much like their wives....And most of her close > social > friends are widows, so husbands don't enter into it..
My parents' brothers and their wives always get named m-f; Anders and Ino*, Kent and Helena, etc. This may have something to do with that it's the men that're genetic relatives, the women in-laws. Other married couples we know tend to be known under their family names in the genitive (the man's if the wife's retain here girl name). * She's originally named Inocencia, and is, of course, Spanish. Andreas