|This page was nominated for deletion on 4 April 2012 (UTC). The result of the discussion was keep.|
This page needed disambiguation. My logic in creating a link at the top instead of a disambiguation page is that reference to a plant by the name of Mother-in-law's tounge is of the form "ArticleTitle Blah" where just the article title would virtually never be used alone to reference to object under discussion. As per Wikipedia:Disambiguation, such a reference should not appear on this page. It could be argued that the link to mother-in-law languages should be disambiguated, but this seems to be connected with the idea that mothers-in-law are often regarded unpleasantly. The sentence probably does need to be better integrated into the article, but as this article is a stub this is, perhaps, to be expected. At any rate, it doesn't need to be disambiguated. This leaves only one other ambiguous use, so I have linked to it at the top and will shortly create a stub for it. --Zarvok | Talk 04:46, 21 July 2005 (UTC)
Although this is true (the anagram) I don't see how it's relevant?
- It's actually an old joke that's been kicking around for decades, but we still might not want to include it in the article... AnonMoos 18:48, 16 December 2006 (UTC)
In other cultures (especially traditionally in Asia), the main "mother-in-law" problem is the husband's mother being given the power to order around her son's wife, and make her work hard and conform to family norms. The Japanese supposedly have a saying that "Western in-law problems are comedy, Japanaese in-law problems tragedy"... AnonMoos 18:48, 16 December 2006 (UTC)
Other definitions of mother-in-law
I was reading a Georgette Heyer book and the relationship between two of the main characters was a step relationship. She was the step-mother, he the step-son. However, throughout the majority of the book, the author used the terms mother-in-law and son-in-law to describe this relationship. It was so pervasive that I figured there must have been an earlier definition that allowed these terms to be correct in that time period. I have not found much on the Web, but I did find a reference to them being archaic usages. CLamonds (talk) 02:34, 28 February 2010 (UTC)
I have merged the ridiculously short overlapping stubs for "mother-in-law" and "father-in-law" into a single page. If we develop enough content to justify splitting them out again, have at it. bd2412 T 19:36, 22 January 2011 (UTC)