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Re: Personal Conjugation based on Closeness

From:Rachel Klippenstein <estel_telcontar@...>
Date:Saturday, March 29, 2003, 3:12
 --- Adam Walker wrote:
> Rachel Klippenstein wrote: > >In the "Xth cousin Y times removed" terminology, > >your parents' cousins are your first cousins once > >removed (...)But I think most people don't know > >this terminology.
> My mother's Cousin Linda is my Cousin Linda. Of > course, she's Mom's first cousin and my second > cousin. No wonder I never learned the "removed" > bit. We just change numbers. Of course then you > get more than one kind of second cousin. > > Adam
Yes, I think a lot of people use "second cousin" the way you do. The prescriptive side of me says "No, that's not right. Your second cousins are your parents' cousins' children; if there's no X times removed they have to be in the same generation." But the non-prescriptive side of me says, "If most people use it that way, you have no right to complain. Language does change." But I think the system including "X times removed" is more precise, even if it is a bit cumbersome. Rachel ______________________________________________________________________ Post your free ad now!