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Are Polish mothers-in-law monsters?


Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
26 Jan 2010 #1
Over the years I've heard some really vicious Polish mother-in-law jokes. They seem to permeate contemporary Polish culture. Are Polish mothers-in-law really such monsters? Any observatiosn and experiences you can share?

One joke goes: Co to jest teściowa na sto dwa? - Sto metrrów stąd i dwa metry pod ziemią!
Hard to translate but roughly: What is a super mum-in-law? - One that's 100 yards away and six feet under.
EchoTheCat - | 137
26 Jan 2010 #2
I think it's a part of polish tradition to complain for mothers-in-law
What is the worst penalty for bigamy ? Two mothers-in-law ;)

Husband says to his wife: I'm not saying your mother cooks bad but I'm starting to understand why all your family pray before dinner.

And one more, but only in polish. I didn't figure out how can I translate it in english :( If you can, be my guest ;)

Jasio pyta babcię:
- Babciu czy byłaś szczepiona na choroby zakaźne?
- Byłam, a dlaczego pytasz?
- Bo ile razy do nas przychodzisz tato mówi: "Znów tę cholerę do nas przyniosło!"
RonWest 3 | 120
28 Jan 2010 #3
My Polish Mother-in-law spoils me to death!!!!! She's an angel. She's also a damn good cook!!!!!!
Varsovian 92 | 634
30 Mar 2010 #4
[Moved from]: I have to call my mother-in-law "Mama"

This takes the biscuit! I mean, MIL and I got on really well when I couldn't speak Polish and my wife edited out all the truisms I was coming out with.

Now, I can handle myself linguistically and culturally I have to call her MUM! Not fair!!
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444
30 Mar 2010 #5
start a diary, wait, you already started it: Dear PF, I have to call my MIL Mama. Help!!!!!;)
Arien 3 | 721
30 Mar 2010 #6
Varsovian: Not fair!!

Life isn't fair.

;P
ShawnH 8 | 1,498
30 Mar 2010 #7
Varsovian: I have to call her MUM! Not fair!!

Consider yourself lucky. You got yourself a Polish Gal!
nomaderol 5 | 726
30 Mar 2010 #8
and, he now has three moms.
teddy wilkin - | 9
30 Mar 2010 #9
When I married my Polish wife 8 years ago I could not pronounce my mother in law's name so I was very happy to call her Mama, and it seemed to make her happy too.

Anyway, what's in a name?
ShawnH 8 | 1,498
30 Mar 2010 #10
Anyway, what's in a name?

A rose by any other name....
Bzibzioh
30 Mar 2010 #11
ShawnH: Consider yourself lucky. You got yourself a Polish Gal!

I knew I like you for some reason :)
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
3 Apr 2011 #12
Merged thread:
Polish mothers-in-law?

Of course one shouldn't generalise -- there surely are Polish females whose mothers are kind, sweet, helpful, generous and angelic to the core -- but has any non-Pole had any interesting contacts (or run-ins) with their Polish mothers-in-law, the chronic but of many Polish jokes.* How do they compare with mothers-in-law in your own country?

Co to jest teściowa na sto dwa? - Dwa metry pod ziemią i sto metrów stąd (untransatable).
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
3 Apr 2011 #13
I remember Monika Richardson being interviewed in a magazine, maybe Pani Domu or suchlike, saying that one good thing about being married to an Englishman was that his mother doesn't constantly try to break up the marriage which seems to happen in Poland.
ukpolska
3 Apr 2011 #14
Just had a row with my mother-in-law as my wife is in Greece setting up a scientific research centre and while I was at work she came round to our house with the spare keys that we entrusted to her and doing an inspection of the house.

I only found out through our neighbour who took a photo of her going into our house... So I took the keys back as if she cannot respect my privacy then I cannot trust her - boy that went down like a lead balloon and now she is saying to the rest of her family that I am horrid and untrusting... Work that one out!!!
MareGaea 29 | 2,752
3 Apr 2011 #15
I only found out through our neighbour who took a photo of her going into our house

I think there is sth else, sth more fundamentally wrong when neighbours take pictures of who is entering your house when you're not around.

As for the topic at hand, I don't think it's a typical Polish thing - my former mother-in-law was also gruesome and she wasn't Polish.

>^..^<

M-G (strolls towards the exit again)
David_18 68 | 982
3 Apr 2011 #16
In 90% of the cases they are!
poland_
3 Apr 2011 #17
saying that one good thing about being married to an Englishman was that his mother doesn't constantly try to break up the marriage which seems to happen in Poland.

If you know Monika Richardson, first husband - the mother in law was spot on.

ust had a row with my mother-in-law as my wife is in Greece setting up a scientific research centre

I don't see how your mother in law is at fault, she would only be checking up because that is what your wife requested.
ukpolska
3 Apr 2011 #18
I think there is sth else, sth more fundamentally wrong when neighbours take pictures of who is entering your house when you're not around.

Not got a problem with that as he is a Policeman and a good friend of mine :)

I don't see how your mother in law is at fault, she would only be checking up because that is what your wife requested.

A lot of extraordinary surmising there and totally incorrect as my wife knew nothing about it.
ma101nx 4 | 20
3 Apr 2011 #19
Mother-in-law jokes are universal, Bob Monkhouse was doing them for years as have many other British comedians

I took the keys back as if she cannot respect my privacy then I cannot trust her - boy that went down like a lead balloon and now she is saying to the rest of her family that I am horrid and untrusting... Work that one out!!!

Did you pass the inspection? I hadn't realised Michael Paine had moved to Poland
youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BR3B8-DsXL8
ukpolska
3 Apr 2011 #20
Did you pass the inspection? I hadn't realised Michael Paine had moved to Poland

Yeah only just though, as the girlfriend slipped out the front door lol
poland_
3 Apr 2011 #21
A lot of extraordinary surmising there and totally incorrect as my wife knew nothing about it.

So do you believe your mother in law, was hiding at the end of the street waiting for you to go to work, so she spy on you.

What exactly did she do wrong?

Admit it uKpolska, it has been getting at you, the mother in law had keys to your home and you kicked up a fuss, used the situation as an excuse and demanded the keys back, because you are king of the castle.

It was all "Premeditated" on your part.
ukpolska
3 Apr 2011 #22
What planet are you on lol

It is something called respect of privacy the same as I give to anyone else, and if you cannot work that one out then you live in a strange world my friend.

So you are telling with hand on heart that you do not mind your in-laws coming round without your knowledge at any time they want to and inspecting your property? And in answer to your other question I asked her to keep the keys in case we lost a set, but my wife gave her implicit instructions to respect our privacy as she knows what she is like as she tried the same thing in our last property.

Don't get me wrong I am not making an statement against just 'Polish' mother-in-laws I am giving an example of mine and I find your petty remark about king of the castle crass and rather sad!!!!

And if you are just looking for an argument then I will leave you too it as I have better things to do than banter with you ;0)
espana 17 | 911
3 Apr 2011 #23
as she knows what she is like as she tried the same thing in our last property.

I asked her to keep the keys in case we lost a set,

so she did that in your last property and you give the keys again???
something is NOT right with you.
poland_
3 Apr 2011 #24
It is something called respect of privacy the same as I give to anyone else, and if you cannot work that one out then you live in a strange world my friend.
So you are telling with hand on heart that you do not mind your in-laws coming round without your knowledge at any time they want to and inspecting your property?

My in laws have keys to my homes and no I do not mind them coming wrong anytime they want. I know and respect there position in our family, when I first came to Poland, I had a hard time getting my head around the Mother in law turning up without notice ( it was tough). Now we have even built a granny flat for them and we try to encourage them to spend as much time as possible with the children.
espana 17 | 911
3 Apr 2011 #25
I do not mind them coming wrong anytime they want

but you are not like ukpolska, thank god!!

please stop flaming
poland_
3 Apr 2011 #26
I believe the difference between uKpolska and myself is I appreciate and respect my in laws. Furthermore I understand their role in the family and would not allow something as trivial as going into my home in my absence, as reason to cause problems in the family. I would though question why my neighbor was taking pictures of my mother in law,entering my home. That is a point I find very suspicious.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387
3 Apr 2011 #27
I would though question why my neighbor was taking pictures of my mother in law,entering my home.

it seems to be nothing more than neighbourhood watch.
poland_
3 Apr 2011 #28
You would expect neighbors to know who are your parents in law.
ukpolska
3 Apr 2011 #29
Who said I do not appreciate and respect my in laws? Respect goes both ways and those are the rules that I have stood by all of my life.

There are good in laws and bad ones, unfortunately I have the latter who wish to control everything about her children's lives, so much so that one of her children got so sick of her manipulation that she has banned her from her home. It happens and it is not designed by my wife and myself as some people are just like that and I am happy for you that you have found a good relationship with yours, but that doesn't give you the right to be the moral crusader of family life.

Families are different and I surprised you haven't learnt that yet.

You would expect neighbors to know who are your parents in law.

They do and that is why they were concerned as they know the history.
poland_
3 Apr 2011 #30
They do and that is why they were concerned as they know the history.

That is exactly what I figured there was a history between you and the mother in law, no better time to turn up the heat than when the wife is away all stressed out on a new project.

but that doesn't give you the right to be the moral crusader of family life.

I am no moral crusader, but I have seen it all here in PL, I have also been in the company of many Brits here that constantly want to change all things Polish to all things British.

I am happy for you that you have found a good relationship with yours

It did not come easy we both had to grow up to the situation.


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