Saturday, June 12, 2010

Grandstanding


Or in the case of a great blue heron, would it be Greatstanding?

Which brings up a question I have: If your parents' parents are called your grandparents, wouldn't your niece's daughter be called your grandniece? So why do we use the term great niece instead?

Since grandparents' parents are great grandparents, then I think your grandniece's daughter would then be your great grandniece. In other words, you don't get the "great" title until you're at least three times removed. :)

4 comments:

bon bon said...

you've got a point here. i wonder if other languages use our terminology? i'd would guess that those silly germans stuck us with these root words. (speaking as a silly german decedent.)

where i get lost is "second cousin" vs. "first cousin, once removed". once i get two generations out, i just revert to "distant". especially this early in the morning.

:o)

texwisgirl said...

Yeah, I don't like the cousin stuff either. I think the first cousin once removed is the offspring of your cousin in relationship to you whereas your second cousin is both of you are offsprings of first cousins. Or maybe not. Big families are too hard to keep track of anyway (speaking from both German and Bohemian stock). :)

bon bon said...

ha! i too have a german and bohemian background! doing my genealogy recently, i've also discovered more norwegians then i realized. talk about hard to keep track of, children take their father's first name for their last (-son & -daughter), so organizing that branch was like doing a sudoku.

didn't find any K___'s in my family though, so it doesn't look like i can call you a second cousin. ;o)

texwisgirl said...

LOL! You're way too thin to be a relative of mine - we K's have lots of meat on big bones. You would've been crushed at the dinner table. :)

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