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I helped my brother in law financially for his Ph.d and in dissertation doc, he simply mentioned me as his brothers wife. (not sister in law). is that normal to not call me sister in law after 6+ years of marriage to his brother? I dont see why it would be weird to call me sister-in-law

  • Ask your brother in law, I think. – Buffy Jan 21 at 21:56
  • These are just two different ways to word the same thing. I wouldn't worry about the distinction. – Geoffrey Brent Jan 22 at 4:30
  • sister-in-law means wife of brother OR sister of husband. By stating the relationship explicitly, he gives credit to the correct person. – JenB Jan 22 at 16:40
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As far as I know, there is no particular etiquette or customs regarding this choice of words in thesis acknowledgments. So the answer to this question does not depend on any peculiarity of academia.

In view of this, I suggest you to ask your question on [interpersonal.se]; they may have more relevant advice.

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