Maybe it's just me but I've noticed recently that guys when talking about their wives or girlfriends will say "me and THE wife are going...., or THE wife and I will be... or me and THE girlfriend went to..... It's like saying me and THE dog went for a walk. To me using THE is claiming ownership or somewhat of a lack of respect for your wife or girlfriend. I mean you wouldn't say me and THE mother and father went to a family picnic.. you'd say me and MY mother and father. So why not Me and MY wife went..... Any thoughts or comments?