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Topic: 'children' (1 of 10), Read 144 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Jack Wilson (cbrac@aol.com)
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 1999 11:00 PM

When one's "children" get to be in their forties snd fifties, it is awkward to refer to them any longer as "children". Offspring is a substitute, but it somehow seems awkward to use that word, too. It is too impersonal. There ought to be a word to describe in personal terms one's middle aged "children".

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Topic: 'children' (2 of 10), Read 131 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Aaron Reneker (zanazarius@yahoo.com)
Date: Thursday, March 25, 1999 08:26 PM

No humor intended, but the word or phrase used probably depends on how close one is to one's children. My mom still calls my sister and I her kids, while my maternal grandmother refers to her next of kin as young'n's. Formally, "next of kin," "descendents" and the ever-popular "beneficiaries" is used on the legal front. Personally, I plan on calling my own children "my kids" until the day I enter Valhalla (using my Norse background), also known as Heaven. Personal choice is probably the best answer to this query. Of course, you could be like my grandfather and call your offspring "tax write-offs." :)

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Topic: 'children' (3 of 10), Read 112 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Wednesday, March 31, 1999 12:21 PM

for the pedantic, there is progeny and scions, for insurance purposes there is descendants, and if you want to be biblical, there is begats.

8-)

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Topic: 'children' (4 of 10), Read 103 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Roger Gay (roger.f.gay@telia.se)
Date: Thursday, April 01, 1999 06:30 AM

Point of order. Valhalla is not a synonym for Heaven unless you happen to be a Viking.

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Topic: 'children' (5 of 10), Read 99 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Aaron Reneker (zanazarius@yahoo.com)
Date: Thursday, April 01, 1999 07:11 PM

Just for the record, many of my ancestors _were_ Vikings. Besides, we all know that Valhalla is a lovely little town in New York (home of the Vikings, ironically enough). And what was the name of that Belinda Carlisle song--"Heaven Is a Place On Earth?" Hmm...

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Topic: 'children' (6 of 10), Read 58 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Roger Gay (roger.f.gay@telia.se)
Date: Monday, April 12, 1999 05:09 AM

Aaron,

Not to slip off the subject, but how do you feel about the opening of the Viking exhibit at the Washington DC Museum of Natural History? I read a short article about Hillary's comments about the opening. Is it true that Viking society was the embodiment of late 20th century feminist thought?

I must admit being slightly bewildered. I got this image of Hildegard, the fat woman with long blond braided pigtails, white gilded robe, and horned helmet singing at the end of an opera. But since it was Hillary making comment, I wondered if she was just referring to the fact that the men had extramarital "sexual relations" while they were out pillaging small villages. I tend to think that what "modern perspective" is depends on the person.

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Topic: 'children' (7 of 10), Read 47 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Gregory Alan Bolcer (gbolcer@endeavors.org)
Date: Monday, April 12, 1999 02:55 PM


She thought they were into: War, Rape, and Village.

On 4/12/99 5:09:11 AM, Roger Gay wrote:
>Aaron,
>
>Not to slip off the subject,
>but how do you feel about the
>opening of the Viking exhibit
>at the Washington DC Museum of
>Natural History? I read a
>short article about Hillary's
>comments about the opening. Is
>it true that Viking society
>was the embodiment of late
>20th century feminist thought?
>
>I must admit being slightly
>bewildered. I got this image
>of Hildegard, the fat woman
>with long blond braided
>pigtails, white gilded robe,
>and horned helmet singing at
>the end of an opera. But since
>it was Hillary making comment,
>I wondered if she was just
>referring to the fact that the
>men had extramarital "sexual
>relations" while they were out
>pillaging small villages. I
>tend to think that what
>"modern perspective" is
>depends on the person.
>



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Topic: 'children' (8 of 10), Read 120 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Dan Dillon (ddillon1@shrike.depaul.edu)
Date: Monday, March 29, 1999 09:04 PM

I suspect calling grown-up offspring "adult children" would unintentionally brand them 12-steppers, so that's out. Maybe "big kids." Nah. Taken.

I guess there's just no satisfactory word for unchildren....

That's it!

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Topic: 'children' (9 of 10), Read 111 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Dorothy Glantz (dml.glantz@swipnet.se)
Date: Wednesday, March 31, 1999 11:29 AM

Jack! Jack! How could you! I'm already out of words which is very childish of me. Now what I want to know is which of the parents starts thinking in these 'unchildren' terms first? Good word there, Dan. ;-)

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Topic: 'children' (10 of 10), Read 63 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Carolyn Roosevelt (ctr02139@aol.com)
Date: Friday, April 09, 1999 06:40 PM

(I may be making this up, but) I think my
cousin calls her grown progeny, "my adults".



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