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The way my MIL speaks is starting to depress me!

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stanleysmother · 21/02/2008 09:48

Things my MIL says which drive me insane:
pacific for specific (ah that old chestnut)
triffic for terrific
I spect so... i expect so
I'm just going for a wee (fine for potty trainee, not fine for 61 year old woman)
Need I go on?

Am I the only one who cringes when the PIls open their mouths?

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Fillyjonk · 21/02/2008 09:51

well I say at least 2 of those things, and i have read eats shoots and leaves...

Anna8888 · 21/02/2008 09:53

Oh, I cringe pretty often when my MOL opens her mouth - and she is speaking French, not English. And then the children copy her, and when I correct them they say "Oh, but Maminou says it". Grrrrrrrrrrrr.

stanleysmother · 21/02/2008 09:57

Oh God I am both pedant and horrible snob! While we are on the subject DP says refuge instead of refuse (as in rubbish)... grounds for separation?

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evenhope · 21/02/2008 09:59

That's nothing. Mine told DD1 "you isn't eatin nuffink" when she was a baby, and I cringed

Anna8888 · 21/02/2008 10:01

stanleysmother - oh, I happily correct my partner's French (I'm English) when he confuses coussin and oreiller or évier and lavabo

Winetimeisfinetime · 21/02/2008 10:09

I don't know if you have ever seen the Aussie comedy Kath and Kim but they make a real play on the specific/pacific thing - a classic line being " So where pacifically in the Specific are you going Mrs D ?"

Ellbell · 21/02/2008 16:14

Aaargh! I sat on an interview panel (for an academic job) this week and the Chair insisted on using 'pacifically' at every opportunity. He also asked the candidates at the end if they had 'any pacific questions about the job' (better than nasty warmongering questions, I suppose).

My mum not only says 'speck' instead of 'expect', but actually writes it like that too. I love her though, so would never mention it. I just cringe inwardly!

stanleysmother · 21/02/2008 16:30

My Mum I could just about cope with but strangely it's way more annoying from my MIL

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SheikYerbouti · 21/02/2008 16:32

I would divorce any man who said refuge for refuse straight away.

My DP says "guesstimate" which really grates.

Elephantsbreath · 26/02/2008 23:47

actually I would consider refuse instead of 'rubbish' grounds for separation

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