Talk:cousin-uncle

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Really? Nothing obvious on a quick Google. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:56, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

Only entry by JamesD'Alexander (talkcontribs), I've asked him to comment on his own talk page. Mglovesfun (talk) 15:29, 4 July 2012 (UTC)
Checking google books:"cousin-uncle" Mennonite I find exactly one mention and two uses, one of which is grammatically odd and the other of which is not hyphenated. So, it's plausible, but it may not quite meet CFI yet. See Citations:cousin-uncle. - -sche (discuss) 20:32, 4 July 2012 (UTC)
Why restrict it to Mennonites? Usage notes says "used among the Mennonite ethnic group in Canada and possibly elsewhere", and it's not part of the definition. Chuck Entz (talk) 21:12, 4 July 2012 (UTC)
I added "Mennonite" to filter out the mass of "... his cousin. Uncle Jim meanwhile...", but that's a good point: on Usenet I also saw citations referring to "cousin-uncles" among the Hmong and other groups. It does seem to be principally the Mennonites, though. - -sche (discuss) 22:02, 4 July 2012 (UTC)
It seems to be implied in some of the Usenet uses that it's characteristic of backwards, rural usage, with pretended versions such as "Cousin Uncle Billy-Bob". One Google Books cite states that it's the correct usage (as opposed to "cousin"), referring to an article in the New England Historical and Genealogical Record that mentions cousin-nephews and cousin-nieces- but not cousin-aunts or cousin-uncles. Chuck Entz (talk) 22:47, 4 July 2012 (UTC)
Also seems to be used in India and Pakistan, based on the cites I found. Compare cousin-brother/cousin-sister. Astral (talk) 23:24, 4 July 2012 (UTC)
Ruakh has added another citation, and Astral has added many more, citing this (and cousin-aunt). Good work, everyone! - -sche (discuss) 22:15, 4 July 2012 (UTC)
RFV-passed. - -sche (discuss) 20:51, 6 July 2012 (UTC)