User talk:JamesD'Alexander

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Again, welcome! Mglovesfun (talk) 10:51, 4 July 2012 (UTC)


Is this used in any written sources? Mglovesfun (talk) 10:52, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

I have heard the (useful!) terms cousin-uncle and cousin-aunt conversationally for years, among Mennonites in both eastern and western Canada. My wife happened to utter it yesterday (we now live in England), and that made me research it for the first time, because I had always suspected the terms were unique to this ethnic group: it's a double curiosity to me that the terms do not seem to exist among mainstream English-speakers nor in German, which is the ancestral language of most Mennonites. A Google search turns up no citations. Give me a bit of time: I'll contact some relevant people back in Canada and see if they can point me to written sources. JamesD'Alexander (talk) 14:58, 5 July 2012 (UTC)JamesD'Alexander
Oh, and you cut most of my original Usage Note but added that the term is used by "some other groups". What's YOUR evidence?!  ;=} JamesD'Alexander (talk) 15:01, 5 July 2012 (UTC)JamesD'Alexander
Thanks for adding these terms! They're quite useful. :) As for "other groups": we found a number of books about Indian/Pankistani families that also use it. I wonder if each group coined it independently? That's interesting in its own way. - -sche (discuss) 20:28, 5 July 2012 (UTC)