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Nephlings? Auncles?

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Topic: 7) Nephlings? Auncles? (1 of 4), Read 115 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 1999 03:00 PM

Laurence S. Sanger, of Dallas, Texas, writes: "'Siblings' is a collective word for brothers and sisters, and 'parents' for mothers and fathers. I have a niece and two nephews; what is a collective word for them? I have two aunts and two uncles; what is a collective word for them?"

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Topic: 7) Nephlings? Auncles? (2 of 4), Read 109 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Glenn Werner (brshfire@frontiernet.net)
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 1999 11:01 PM

I have two possibles for Nieces and Nephews:
Subsiblings
or
Siblispawn

Aunts and Uncles I still gotta ponda.

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Topic: 7) Nephlings? Auncles? (3 of 4), Read 89 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Carol Wenger (clkw@erols.com)
Date: Saturday, February 13, 1999 12:40 PM

A friend has for years referred to his nieces and nephews collectively as "niblings."

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Topic: 7) Nephlings? Auncles? (4 of 4), Read 98 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Sunday, February 14, 1999 11:08 AM

A cute word, but doesn't it sound like what the Big Bad Wolf would call them, while planning whether to have them for lunch or for dinner?


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