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 GermansI'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.