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