mother-in-law style

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mother-in-law style

  1. (linguistics, anthropology) The style of speech and manners which are to be observed between an Australian aboriginal man and his mother-in-law (i.e. wife's mother). Depending on the particular people, this can go so as far as an entirely separate vocabulary of words. (Reference: Macquarie Aboriginal Words, Macquarie University, 1994, paperback →ISBN, introduction.)