[APG Public List] shirttail cousins
laboswell at rogers.com
Sun Jun 13 06:57:42 MDT 2010
Would it be fair to say the term 'shirttail cousins' has Irish origins (as
do some of these colourful, but apt descriptive phrases). What I like about
it is that it implies a characterization of the relationship in a more apt
way than just "family of my second cousin's wife". Some saying, 'they're
my wife's shirttail kin" would convey more of a sense. Like "kissing
cousins" (far enough removed that they could marry without breaking any
----- Original Message -----
From: Kathy Rippel
To: LBoswell ; apgpubliclist at apgen.org
Sent: Sunday, June 13, 2010 1:11 AM
Subject: Re: [APG Public List] shirttail cousins
In my experience, the term "kissing cousins" has been used in much the
same way to mean distant "cousins", perhaps with no actual blood
relationship (married in to the family, cousins of cousins, or even just
distant cousins where the actual relationship is too convuluted to figure)
At 01:18 PM 6/12/2010, LBoswell wrote:
Just curious as to any interpretations of the phrase "shirttail
cousins". I've had an excellent answer on TheoryGen but wondering if the
phrase has different meanings in different locations?
Any other similar 'slang' type phrases defining kinship?
Larry Boswell BA, PLCGS
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