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25th-Mar-2010 01:01 am
Lisa Crazy

Is it at all weird to refer to your sister in law as your sister?


As the blood relation sister, would you feel slighted or annoyed in anyway to hear your sister's sister in law call her that?

25th-Mar-2010 06:36 am (UTC)
I can't answer #2 because I don't have a sister. I'm the jealous type, so I probably would be annoyed. On the other hand, maybe if I had a sister, I wouldn't have some of the issues I had now. Having a sister would have changed my entire personality!
25th-Mar-2010 11:20 am (UTC)
It actually hasn't come up, since I'm the only one of my siblings to be married (or in a relationship serious enough to be equivalent), and my partner/husband is an only child (who also hasn't met my brother or my sister yet.)

But, my parents would drop the "-in-law" when referring to each other's parents, so I think the same would sound natural for me to use.
25th-Mar-2010 11:26 am (UTC)
I said no to the second question, but if I didn't like the person or felt like they were closer than my sister was to me, I probably wouldn't be happy about it, but I wouldn't say anything.
25th-Mar-2010 11:37 am (UTC)
Not at all. Blood does not always equal family.
25th-Mar-2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
Neither of my SILs (my brother's wife and my husband's sister) have blood sisters so it's never really bothered anyone or seemed weird. On the day of our wedding, my SIL would always say to each other, "You're my sister now!" Or "Hey sis!" Also my SILs are more than just SILs to me, they're my really good friends and are pretty much like sisters.
25th-Mar-2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
I answered 'yes' to both questions - I have a SIL that calls myself and my other two SIL's "sister". She has called us that since the day my brother proposed, and it's ANNOYING. I am not her sister. Calling me by name works just fine. I don't call my brothers, "brother". I use their names.

My other two SIL's and I call each other "sister" - but it's only to mock the one who SERIOUSLY calls us all sister. Blah.
25th-Mar-2010 02:24 pm (UTC)

My best friend and I call each other sisters so I don't see what is wrong with calling your sister-in-law that if you feel close enough.
25th-Mar-2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
Honestly I'm not sure about the second question, I do know, however, I hate it when my brother-in-law calls my mom "mom" or "mommy". She's my mom, not his! (Honestly, those words are usually shouted in my head, but I won't shout here)
25th-Mar-2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
As to the second, all I can think of is the wedding of two divorced individuals, both with teenage children, and watching the bridesmaid/daughter of the groom shout at the bridesmaid/daughter of the bride "you're not my (*&#$ sister!!! Don't ever call me your #(*$&(* sister!!!" as she physically shoved her to the ground.
25th-Mar-2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
I have three SILs - two whom I love, but they have sisters and I have a sister, so we call each other SIL. My third SIL is my husband's sister and I can't stand her. I can barely tolerate my daughter calling her "aunt." I call her my husband's sister.
26th-Mar-2010 04:43 am (UTC)
My brother calls our brother-in-law his brother, and it's so strange to me. I wouldn't be offended or necessarily annoyed in the second situation, but it would still be weird to me.
27th-Mar-2010 12:39 am (UTC)
Curt's sister calls me her sister :)
27th-Mar-2010 12:54 am (UTC)
I like being called sister by my SIL but a certain other sister in law doesn't call me that and that's fine. I do however call her that and her sister gets a very annoyed look when I do. :p
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