DEAR MISS MANNERS: On more than one occasion, I have heard a woman say, "We're pregnant!" when referring to the fact that the couple is expecting a baby. My in-laws will even say, "Did you hear that John and Jane are pregnant?"
I think that phrasing it in such a way is ridiculous, and I often find myself responding in a manner such as, "Wow, he's pregnant, too?"
How should I respond to statements such as this, when it is so obvious that the woman is the only one who is pregnant?
GENTLE READER: While it is plainly unfair that mothers should have to do all of the childbearing, Miss Manners, like you, has noticed that such is the reality.
Presumably the plural is used to make the point that this unevenness does not extend to child-rearing, as it might if the child were merely some little project of the mother's. But fatuous is not rude, and your response should be merely to offer congratulations.