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Written by Linden
(3/5/2003 4:31 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Family relations, penned by Cinthia
In everyday usage, there often seems to have been a usage that young children would call their adult relations uncle and aunt, no matter what the strict genealogy books would say. If you're looking up a generation, you call your relations uncle and aunt; if you're looking down you call them niece and nephew, and cousin is the all-purpose word for everything in between.
It's a usage that's still with us: my children when they were young called my first cousins uncle and aunt, that being considerably easier to say than `first cousin once removed in the ascendant'.
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