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Re: Personal Conjugation based on Closeness

From:Arthaey Angosii <arthaey@...>
Date:Saturday, March 29, 2003, 18:37
Emaelivpeith Tristan McLeay:
>Unless usage differs outside of Australia, it's actually 'aunts and >uncles' (like 'black and white', 'husband and wife', 'mum and dad', 'fish >and chips', or 'knife and fork').
Silly Aussies with their backwards "knife and fork" phrase. ;) My sisters, who are fraternal twins, have a very set order to their names when said together. Saying their names in reverse sounds _very_ wrong to my ears. My two cousins (siblings of each other) also have a set order -- eldest first, same as with my sisters. And while I agree that the order is "aunts and uncles," if you're talking about a specific couple then it's the reverse, as in "Uncle Mike and Aunty Diane". Reversing this sounds wrong. Interesting how certain phrases can become so set. -- AA of AmE


Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>