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Aibu to think my DH bought the wrong card?

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nutellacrumpet Sat 19-Dec-15 16:37:58

My DH has bought his parents a card from our children, but it says 'To Great Grandparents at Christmas.'

I told him he had bought the wrong card. They are our children's Grandparents not Great Grandparents. He says it means 'Great' as in wonderful, amazing etc not the parents of one's Grandparents. Surely he is wrong and I am right?

Whatsinaname2011 Sat 19-Dec-15 16:39:13

I can see both sides to be honest so I'm not sure

regularrectangle Sat 19-Dec-15 16:39:34

Surely great-grandparents would be hyphenated?

DXBMermaid Sat 19-Dec-15 16:39:48

He is wrong and you are right, but it's a sweet mistake to make so I don't think they will mind.

Finola1step Sat 19-Dec-15 16:40:50

He is,wrong but you can make a joke about it.

UterusUterusGhali Sat 19-Dec-15 16:41:15

I think he's right.
If it had said to my/our you would have been right.

I think.

I don't know.

nutellacrumpet Sat 19-Dec-15 16:43:29

Oh... It seems quite a mixed response already. I was expecting almost everyone to agree. So maybe I am being a bit unreasonable then.

Euphemia Sat 19-Dec-15 16:43:29

I agree with your DH. It means great grandparents, not great-grandparents.

If it was meant for the latter, it would say "FOR MY GREAT-GRANDPARENTS" as "FOR GREAT-GRANDPARENTS" would sound odd.

YABU

FadedRed Sat 19-Dec-15 16:44:29

Definitely you are right, but agree it is a sweet mistake, (maybe you could put Great between speech marks "Great!" with a red felt tip pen [smile) ?

I would agree with you OP, but it is very ambiguous.

catfordbetty Sat 19-Dec-15 16:45:01

Is there a message inside too - any clues there?

nutellacrumpet Sat 19-Dec-15 16:46:01

Euphemia - that is exactly what my DH said.

nutellacrumpet Sat 19-Dec-15 16:47:03

Inside it says 'Wishing you a Christmas that is as lovely as you both. With lots and lots of love.'

So no real clues there.

AnchorDownDeepBreath Sat 19-Dec-15 16:49:00

Euphemia is right. It means great as in good - it's missing a hyphen and would need "my" or "our" to make sense if it meant "great-grandfather"

pilates Sat 19-Dec-15 16:49:21

I would say you are right Nutella.

Whatsinaname2011 Sat 19-Dec-15 16:49:31

You wouldn't get a card that said "For Grandparents at Christmas" so I don' think it sounds right "For Great-Grandparents at Christmas" therefore your DH might be right.

It would be for MY grandparents

AnchorDownDeepBreath Sat 19-Dec-15 16:49:32

Ahem, meant grandparents not grandfather. I got distracted by the football blush

Madbengalmum Sat 19-Dec-15 16:49:58

Sorry OP but i think you are in the wrong here, if your OH was referring to his parents' parents then it would be great-grandparents.
However this card is talking about grandparents who are great, as in positive/good.

nutellacrumpet Sat 19-Dec-15 16:51:51

Oh... I hate being wrong! Looks like IABU then.

catfordbetty Sat 19-Dec-15 16:54:50

I am leaning towards your DH's view. Cards like this always have a adjective to qualify the noun. They never just say "To brother" it's always "To a wonderful brother" or similar. You would not expect to receive a card from your own children that simply said, "To Parents".

EeyoresTail Sat 19-Dec-15 16:55:46

I don't hyphenate Great Grandparents so to me that card would be for the his grandparents from your DD.
So you are right and he is wrong.
Also the Great and Grandparents being in caps while the rest isn't looks like you are correct.

honeyroar Sat 19-Dec-15 16:56:13

I think your Oh is right, but it's not the best worded card, it is confusing!

SoupDragon Sat 19-Dec-15 16:57:54

I think it's ambiguous.

Address the card inside "To our really great grandparents" and laugh about it smile

IWasHereBeforeTheHack Sat 19-Dec-15 16:58:13

I'm with you nutella! But follow Faded's advice - just in case, you know, the recipients thinks you have some, ahem, news to share if your DCs are under 5 then ignore me

A colleague, who had recently married in middle age, got a text from her new DH's niece to tell her she was a "great aunt". She said her first reaction was "That's very kind of her", then the penny dropped - the niece had just had a baby ...

SoupDragon Sat 19-Dec-15 16:58:36

Also the Great and Grandparents being in caps while the rest isn't looks like you are correct.

Look at it again smile

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