Questions about kinship terms (words for family members).

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What is the relation of my brother's wife's nieces to me?

My brother married his high school sweetheart who has five siblings who all have kids that have grown up calling me aunt. What relation would my sister in law's nieces and nephews be to me?
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“th” in mother, father, brother— but not sister

I was wondering why there is a "th" in mother, father, and brother, but not in sister? Is the etymology of the word different?
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Is “purse-lipped mother-in-law” an established word representing for a woman who is censoriousness and nagging about everything?

I found an interesting phrase, “purse-lipped mother-in-law” in the following lines of the article titled “The newspaper that rules Britain,” which appeared in New Yorker magazine, April 2nd, 2012 ...
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Where do the words for daughter, son, aunt, uncle, mother, father, cousin, nephew, niece come from?

Please see Title. I'm not specifically referring to which language they came from... but if they come from something else. In other words, do they come from words with other meanings. For example, do ...
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What do I call the mother of my son-in-law? [duplicate]

Do I call the mother of my son-in-law my sister-in-law?
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What is correct phrase for the relationship with my son's father/mother in law

What is the correct phrase for the relationship between me and my son's father/mother in law?
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A parent who has more than one child with one or more partners: “Poly-what?”

A polyglot is someone who can speak many languages; something that is polychromatic has many colours, and polysemy is a word or phrase with multiple meanings If polygamy is having more than one ...
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Is there a word for my relation to ex-wife's child?

If I marry a woman and she has a child, I am a step parent. But what if the sequence is reversed? For example, suppose I am married to a woman, get divorced and she subsequently has a child by ...
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half-siblings - adults' relationship

I was married and we had a daughter. We divorced. My ex-husband remarried and has a son. Our daughter and his son are half-siblings - share a dad. What am I to his son? What is his new wife to my ...
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Where's 'in-law' in mother-in-law from?

I've read that it's somehow connected with the Canon Law, but I'm not sure. I'm really interested in finding the answer.
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difference between kind and type

I somewhat know the difference between kind and type, but I want to know it in detail so I can be able to use these words in my daily conversation. Which one of these is correct? What kind of job ...
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What is the relationship of my brother's son to my wife's brother's daughter? [closed]

I need to introduce my nephew (my brother's son) to my nieces (my wife's brother's daughters). They're related, but only through marriage. How do I introduce them?
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Commas when listing family members?

Help, I can't find the answer anywhere! Tom has three brothers and one sister. When listing them, how do you punctuate? My instinct is to do it this way: Tom has three brothers, John, Edward, and ...
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Term for all relatives not in direct ancestry?

Is there a word or phrase to describe all familial relatives who are a part of the same family tree, but not either direct ancestors or direct descendants? Included in that list would be: siblings ...
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Should I use “brothers” to refer to a mixed gender collection of siblings? [closed]

I know I can use siblings, but this seems strange in some contexts. Let's say I am opening a lemonade booth with my sister and I want to call the company "Lemon Bros."; would that be correct?
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My sister's husband's parents in relation to me [closed]

I have a sister. What are her husband's parents to me (i.e. her parents in-law)?
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A word for someone who you share a half-sibling with

This is probably best explained with an example. Alice and Bob have a child, Erin. Bob and Carol have a child, Frank. Carol and Dan have a child, Grace. Clearly, Erin and Frank are half-siblings, ...
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“eldest” vs. “firstborn”

A family genealogist discovered that his grandparent who was believed to have had six siblings actually had two more who had died very young; one died a few days after birth. The firstborn died at ...
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What is the relation between great-grandfather and great-grandson and his wife and her parents?

What is the relation between a great-grandfather and his great-grandson's wife and her parents?
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Filling out forms that ask for “relationship with”

When I fill any form for my son this question “relationship with child” confuses me. Should the answer be “son” or “father”? To me, the ideal answer is always “a father–son relationship”. A little ...
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What word can I use to describe a relationship between one person and their half-sibling's half-sibling? [duplicate]

Amy is the daughter of Bob and Carol. Bob and Carol, at some point in their lives, married Chelsey and Dan, respectively. Egbert is the son of Chelsey and Bob, while Fabio is the son of Carol and Dan. ...
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Ask someone about their birth order [duplicate]

If I need to ask someone about their birth order, what question is usually used? Let's say I do not ask how many children his family has first. What is your birth order? or Which child are you in ...
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“I'm my own grandpa” – is there a word for this?

I was listening to a Chad Morgan record today, on which his cover of the song I'm my own grandpa features as the first track. The lyrics of the song describe a bizzare, but plausible scenario, in ...
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Possessive apostrophe for owner of owner of owner of

I've read Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities and "Nikki's and Alice's X" vs. "Nikki and Alice's X", but my ...
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Is there a word for the relationship between my cousin's family and mine?

My mother's brother is my "uncle". His son is my "cousin". His wife is my "aunt". Each of these words names a specific person based on their familial relationship to me. Together the three of them ...
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Usage of Filial [duplicate]

Assuming that a couple have 6 kids and you pick one of them randomly and want to know if he is born 1st or 2nd or 3rd .....6th to his parents . Is it right to ask him/her What is your filial rank in ...
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The family unit led by an aunt or uncle

I need this word rather frequently in conversation and it bothers me that I don't know it. This word is the name of the family unit belonging to an uncle or aunt, or both. Similarly, the word for the ...
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Non-related cousin?

I was wondering what the official term for the relationship described below is. So My Grandparents D & F had two sons: T & E. T is my father. E married L and had three kids: P, E, & A ...
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Relation between parent of son with his father or mother in-law? [duplicate]

Is there a word for the relation between the parents and parents-in-law of a child?
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My uncle's widow remarried, Is she still my aunt? [closed]

I had an uncle (my father's brother) who I never met because he died before I was born. He has 2 kids though, my first cousins. His widow has since re-married and had 2 more children. Is she still my ...
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How do married gay couples address each other?

I know that non-married lovers address each other by saying “This is my girlfriend/boyfriend.” I know that married couples address each other by calling “my wife/husband”. I also know that gay lovers ...
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Word for partner you are living with but not married to

What is a word for a person you live with but are not married to? I do not mean a room mate, but rather someone you are romantically involved with. From what I understand, spouse is someone you are ...
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Use of “brother” in non-family and non-religious contexts

I think the word brother (sometimes spelled brotha or bro) has been used for a long time among African Americans when talking to one another with the meaning of "pal" and not in a family context. ...
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Why doesn't the English language have distinct words to use when talking to elders? [closed]

In many of the languages that I've studied there are separate distinctions in the words to use when talking to elders and when talking to someone of your age or younger. For e.g. in Hindi, if I ...
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Gender-independent replacement for “fiancée” and “fiancé”

I can use child to replace son or daughter, sibling for sister or brother, and parent for mother or father. What is the unisex replacement for fiancée and fiancé? I don’t need it for speech, but for ...
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“dead brother's grandson” VS “passed-away brother's grandson”

One is dead brother's grandson (and) dead sister's grandson. The other is passed-away brother's grandson (and) passed-away sister's grandson. They come from part of a novel which I'm ...
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What is the term for “cousin of a cousin”?

My mother’s sister’s son is my cousin; let’s call him “John”. John’s father’s brother’s son — let’s call him Mark — is John’s cousin. Now, Mark isn’t my direct cousin as we don't share any immediate ...
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male/female cousin or nephew/niece [closed]

I was reading true some of the gender questions on this site. They said that there where no gender specific way of saying cousin except adding male or female in front of it. But i was always told you ...
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Is the “female” in “female cousin” redundant here?

"My female cousin working for a finance company was dismissed. Disappeared along with her job were her confidence and smiling face." There is a very complicated system in Chinese for naming ...
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Is there a single term for “nieces and nephews”?

I find it handy when talking about my sons and daughters I can just say my children. It's nice to say nieces instead of sibling's daughters. I wonder if there is a similar term for nieces and nephews ...
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Who says “mummy” and “daddy”?

Is the use of the terms mummy and daddy to (informally) refer to one's parents particular to a specific socio-economic class or culture? How does this contrast with the terms mum/ mom, and dad?
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Word for grieving parents?

Is there a word that describes a parent whose child has died? Along the lines of "orphan", "widow", and "widower", is there a single word for a parent who has lost a child (of any age)?
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Phrase for the elder of my younger sisters?

If i have two sisters younger than me, how can i refer to the elder one of them? "Younger sister" is ambiguous, but "older sister" is inaccurate. "Elder one of my younger sisters" is long and clumsy. ...
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What do you call your nephew's wife? [closed]

What do you call your nephew's wife? My niece? My niece-in-law? My nephew's wife?
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Why are there no male or female terms for cousins in English? [duplicate]

In general English doesn't seem to cater well for identifying relationships between people, and the classic example seems to be the term 'cousin' because you can't really work out whether it is ...
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Is there a word meaning “my child's spouse's parents”?

If I am introducing someone to my daughter's husband's parents can I say "Hi, I'd like to you meet my ___". In-laws would not work here because they are my child's in-laws not my own. Is there a word ...
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Individual and Collective Terms for Family Members [duplicate]

How come some family relationships have individual gender specific terms and collective terms, while some have only one? The adults who are responsible for conceiving, birthing, and raising you are ...
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How far out does “in-law” go? [closed]

The sister to a husband becomes the wife's sister-in-law. If the sister in-law was to marry a woman, would she also become the wife's sister-in-law? If so can you keep calling the family of your ...
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Word for “person living with in-laws” or “feeling awkward and inadequate”

Is there a word for a Person living with in-law parents, by which I mean, a man or a woman who got married and moved to his or her parents in laws' house, in English ? There is a word for it in my ...