Tsubaki (tsubaki_ny) wrote in linguaphiles,
Tsubaki
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Names for in-laws

I'm hoping this is an appropriate question for here, as what I'm looking for is... "anecdotal" isn't the word I want to use... but I'm looking for info from people's informal experience, not just words from books and dictionaries. (This is for a story idea I'm playing with.)

In English, we've got terms like "mother-in-law," which is accurate, but fairly dry and clinical. In contrast, in French you've got "belle mere" or "beautiful mother," which is maybe a bit more vague, but has some flavor to it, some connotation. (Or Korean, in which, as far as I can tell because I don't speak it, you have the words for "mother" or "father," but with a more formal suffix?)

What are some words for in-laws in different languages? Particularly: "in-laws" (as a group), "mother-in-law," and "father-in-law." Endearments, euphemisms, pet names? (And may I ask for the English approximations as well?) It's okay if a language differentiates between paternal and maternal relatives.

EDIT: Any quirky etymology (or hints on where to find it out) also appreciated.

Thanks so much for your input!
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