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Couple can't agree about parenting their nephew

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I appreciated your answer to "Disappointed." Disappointed was a wife whose husband routinely ignored her expertise regarding computer and internet issues, while immediately trusting a male source on these very same questions.

Your writer wasn't "spousehacked." She got "hepeated." Look it up!

-- Faithful Reader

Dear Reader: I did look it up, and here's what the internet tells me about "hepeating." This comes from astronomer and professor Nicole Gugliucci, who tweeted the word's definition and how to use it.

Here's Gugliucci's Tweet: "My friends coined a word: hepeated. For when a woman suggests an idea and it's ignored, but then a guy says same thing and everyone loves it."

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At the risk of "shepeating," I was trying very hard not to label this as a gender-specific behavior, but as a respect issue between spouses. In short, I've seen women do this, too.

Because this involved cyber issues, I thought I'd try to be clever and note that the wife's thoughts had been ignored, then appropriated -- thus "hacked."


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