Thursday, February 10, 2011

English Law prohibits a man from marrying his mother-in-law. This is our idea of useless legislation. ~Author Unknown

Why do we use the term "in law"? Ya know Mother in law, Sister in law etc.

For example I'm fairly sure "the law" does not recognise me as an additional daughter of Dave's parents.

And if say I were to die that would not (as far as I know) make Dave my parents next of kin. That would probably be Fiona.

I like Dave's family and my family likes Dave so this is not a personal question. I'm just confused why we use a term which I'm pretty sure is inaccurate.

I think it must be an anachronism.


Fickle Cattle said...

It still makes sense in our part of the world since when people get married, each other's parents become the parents of both.

Kaleena said...

I have always wondered about this too. Not to mention that I hate the way it sounds, and the way it looks in print (like on cards) it always just rubs me the wrong way.

Dani said...

Fickle Cattle-Good to know it makes sence somewhere.

Kaleena-I guess it's just easier than saying things like "My husbands brothers wife."