[Ads-l] Just heard on a reality show:

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Wed May 13 01:39:19 UTC 2015

This is something I struggle with. Since my mother's husband never 
adopted me, my understanding is that he's not my stepfather even though 
I usually refer to him that way when stating his relationship to me. 
Neither Wiktionary nor the Oxford Dictionary site include the 
requirement of adoption.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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> Wilson Gray <mailto:hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> May 12, 2015 at 6:18 PM
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> Poster: Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject: Just heard on a reality show:
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> "My mother and my stepfather. Uh, I mean, my mother and her husband."
> For some reason, the interviewer didn't ask what the distinction was.

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