MIL: “…and he was chasing after the cutest little girl, I think she was half black. She had that old fashioned pickaninny hair with the two little pigtails at the back… you never hear that word anymore, pickaninny…”
DIL: “There’s a reason.”
MIL: “Well it was the cutest thing…”
I did get an email two weeks later, with the admission that she does “use the wrong word sometimes”. Um, yeah.