(Closed) Curious – What do you call your SIL/BIL(s)?

posted 9 years ago in Family
  • poll: How do you refer to your sister-in-law(s) & brother-in-law(s)? (when talking to other people)
    Sister-in-law/Brother-in-law - cuz that's what they are : (98 votes)
    75 %
    Sister/Brother - cuz marriage automatically makes us family : (4 votes)
    3 %
    Sister/Brother - cuz I'm super close to him/her : (8 votes)
    6 %
    I have no siblings in law but I like answering polls! : (6 votes)
    5 %
    Other (plz explain below) : (14 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    7172 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I call them by their first names.  I never refer to them as Brother-In-Law or SIL… unless speaking to other people about them.  My SIL calls me ‘sister’ as does my DH’s SIL.  


    Post # 4
    857 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I voted SIL/BIL but I usually call them by their name, or I will say, “your brother” when talking to my husband. But they certainly aren’t MY brother or sister.

    ETA: Yeh, even when I’m talking about having a meal with them, I still usually use their name. Most people I talk to about my lunch plans know who they are. 🙂

    Post # 5
    1843 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Interesting.  I call them what they are – in-laws.  I don’t find it disrespectful at all and to me, it clarifies for people whether they are blood relatives.

    Post # 6
    2390 posts
    Buzzing bee

    …by their name?

    Post # 8
    1843 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I assume she means – when introducing them or referring to them … not what you actually call them. I don’t know anyone who calls them “Hey, brother in law”.

    Post # 10
    13095 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I call her by her first name.

    But I refer to her as my SIL when I’m talking to someone who wouldn’t know her by name.  I don’t think it’s disrespectful – it is what she is.  She is not my sister; we are related by law/marriage.  That doesn’t make her any less special to me though.

    Post # 11
    10285 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    They’re in laws so thats what I call them. I mean, I refer to them as their first names (obviously) but to people who don’t know them, they are my “brother in-law” and “sister in-law”. 

    Post # 12
    3977 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    lol, yea, by their name. Sister-in-law or FI’s sister when talking about her to others.

    I don’t call my own sister “Sister” 🙂

    Post # 13
    125 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Usuaully, (sister)’s husband. Or brother. It’s close enough for me. 

    Post # 14
    5984 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1999

    I just use their names!  Or, I’ll say this is “Bob’s” brother “Jim” when introducing to others.

    Post # 15
    6392 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We’re not married yet, but usually I say they’re FI’s brothers, only I use FI’s name. That keeps it simple :).

    Post # 16
    400 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    You don’t want to know what i call my inlaws.  Sealed  but when i have to talk about/to them they are “your”/”his” family.

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