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Ask Amy: ‘Best of’ column discusses monster in-laws

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Dear Reader: Bang. Zoom. Everyone’s a comedian!

Dear Amy: I had a similar situation with my father-in-law. He absolutely refused to call my daughter by the lovely name my husband and I had chosen, and instead came up with a European nickname that, if shortened, would translate to “Ham.”

My husband’s brother had a nickname that, when translated, was “Egg.” One day when my daughter was playing with her uncle I remarked to my father-in-law, “Oh look, isn’t it nice to see Ham and Egg playing together!” No more “Ham.”

– Relieved

Dear Relieved: One little nickname, and these two were yoked together for life! [September 2012]



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