nth cousin in German #general


Irene Newhouse <newhoir@...>
 

People should be aware that German distinguishes between male & female
cousins: a male cousin is a Cousin or Vetter, while a femaile cousin is a
Cousine or Base. The first choice in each pair is obviously a borrowing
from French... Anyway, the more common usages, at least by the Germans
I've come in contact with, are Vetter for a male cousin & Cousine for a
female cousin, but all 4 words are recognized. Use of the word of the
wrong sex would be, too, but of course you'd like to do it right.

Irene Newhouse

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