Tuesday, August 30, 2011

uncles and nephews...

Uncle (Latin avunculus "little grandfather," diminutive of avus "grandfather,") is a family relationship or kinship, the brother or brother-in-law of a parent.

A woman with an equivalent relationship is an aunt, and the reciprocal relationship is that of a nephew or niece. It is also a title of respect for elders (for example older cousins, neighbors, acquaintances, as well as total strangers), especially in the Philippines, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Jamaica, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, China, Maori culture and most Pacific Islands.

In the United States, the expression "say uncle" or just "uncle" may be used to indicate submission, such as when wrestling, or a cry for mercy in a game.

Nephew is a term referring to the son of one's sibling or spouse's sibling, sons of siblings-in-law are also informally referred to as nephews even though there is no blood relation.

 The word nephew is derived from the French word neveu.

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