My wife and I have noticed a recent trend amongst her father and her uncles that we can’t quite figure out.
They have begun to refer to their wives as “my wife” instead of using their name. They also do this for their sons and daughters, saying “my son xxxxx” or “my daughter xxxxx” instead of using just their names.
Now, both myself and my wife know the people personally who they’re referring to. In the cases of their sons and daughters, there’s no need for an introduction such as “my son” or “my daughter”. (We could see there to be a need if there are maybe more than one person with the same name or something, but generally that’s not the case). And in the case of their wives, we hardly find it necessary in the case of my wife’s mother, and we’re close friends with each of my wife’s aunts.
My father in law will be talking to my wife, and tell us “my wife said such and such”. It’s odd to us, because one would think he should normally say something like “your mother said such and such” or use his wife’s name at least.
We’re thinking it might have something to do with a relationship class they might have taken, or some kind of teaching that they’ve heard?
It’s been kind of a sudden change, and they haven’t volunteered the reason for the change, which could mean that they may have their own reasons for it and it might just be personal, and we don’t want to intrude by asking them directly.
Anyway, has anyone else heard of this?