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#1812 - 05/01/00 10:12 AM avuncular
pieman Offline
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If avuncular means of or like an uncle, is there a word which means of or like an aunt?



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#1813 - 05/01/00 10:33 AM Re: avuncular
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perhaps materteral

from L matertera, maternal aunt


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#1814 - 05/14/00 12:14 AM Re: avuncular
pieman Offline
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Yes, perhaps, that works, but I don't think "materteral" is an actual word. It is not in any of the dictionaries I've looked in. And "materteral" seems like it would only apply to a maternal aunt. I like it, it's a good try. But is there an "official" word that means "of or like an aunt"?


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#1815 - 05/14/00 02:43 PM Re: avuncular
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Webster's Collegiate dictionary shows "avuncular" as originating from the Latin for maternal uncle, so I'll agree with tswum. But the pronounciation of materteral is a little daunting to consider the word for everyday use ;o)

see: http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?avuncular


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#1816 - 05/14/00 02:48 PM Re: avuncular
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...and I'd bet, dollars to donuts, that materteral is in the OED -- I must have confirmed it somewhere!
[would that be "official" enough?] <g>

whoa! speaking of Merriam-Webster, check this out!
http://www.m-w.com/wftw/99mar/030599.htm

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#1817 - 05/15/00 07:25 AM Re: materteral
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I don't run to the OED (in either sense of the word!), tsuwm, but 'materteral' isn't listed in my Shorter Oxford.


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#1818 - 05/15/00 01:56 PM Re: materteral
pieman Offline
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I've got Volume IX of the OED sitting on my lap as I write this.

Yes, "materteral - adj - characteristic of an aunt" is in here.

From Latin matertera, maternal aunt.

In the same entry it lists "materterine -adj" as meaning the same thing..

Now I suggest we start a new discussion about the phrase "dollars to donuts/doughnuts". (I'd never heard that one before.)

pieman


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#1819 - 05/15/00 02:12 PM Re: materteral
tsuwm Offline
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"... but 'materteral' isn't listed in my Shorter Oxford. "

it would seem that the key word here is 'shorter'.
8-)

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#1820 - 05/16/00 08:16 AM Re: materteral
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I agree, tsuwm, but when I retired my work colleagues could only afford a set of the 2-volume New Shorter Oxford which, with the help of my new friends in this wordlovers' community, I am now becoming much more familiar. Thanks to you all!


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#1821 - 05/16/00 09:14 AM Now there's a redundancy...?
shanks Offline
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"work colleagues"?

Are there any other types of colleagues?

(Sorry, couldn't help myself.)

cheer

the sunshine warrior


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