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Which relative's honorific derives from a Latin word meaning "little grandfather"?

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Answer: your uncle

The word uncle derives from the Latin avunculus, mother's brother, which is the diminutive of the Latin avus, grandfather, thus it literally means "little grandfather."


Hi Moot, this was brightly simple, really nice!! While we're at it, what about 'Aunt'?

[Mootguy: Aunt comes from Latin amita, paternal aunt (but not the maternal aunt). Does anyone know anything about this?]
dangiuleo. at ,

And, as you probably know, the not uncommonly used "avuncular" is used to describe older helpful and friendly men, who are "like an uncle."
EverPsyPgh.. at

...and the uncommonly used "homunculus" means "little man." I'm not sure why, but this word kind of creeps me out, perhaps bringing to mind little clay figurines that spring to life.

[Mootguy: Woody Allen uses homunculus in the movie Manhattan]
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