Cousin Explainer

he sounds awful.

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I always take great delight in correcting the TV when she refers to one of her first cousins once removed as her second cousin.

this belongs in the words that sound rude but aren’t thread

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So my Dad’s brother is just a bloke and not an actual relative to me?

Yes. The milkman’s brother on the other hand…


I still don’t get it. Your great-great-grand-parent is your 3rd cousin?

No. This graph confuses matters with “degrees of separation” which isn’t really relevant.

The top of each column is your earliest common relative going up through the generations. Each row is then a generation.

Me: “I am an not related to this person.”

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