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My mother's aunt - great or grand?
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tightsocks
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May 14, 2012, 05:07 AM
 
Is my mother's aunt properly called my 'great aunt' or my 'grand aunt?'

I had always though it was 'great aunt', but then I started thinking about it and since she is of the same generation as my 'grandmother' then wouldn't it make sense for it to be 'grand aunt?'
     
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May 14, 2012, 06:21 AM
 
This sounds like a Colbert routine.

"My Aunt... Great Aunt, or Greatest Aunt ever?"
     
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May 14, 2012, 07:49 AM
 
We've always said great-aunt. She's great, but not as grand as grandparents.
     
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May 14, 2012, 07:52 AM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
We've always said great-aunt. She's great, but not as grand as grandparents.
That's what concerns me.
One is 'grand' while the other is 'great'.
Doesn't really seem fair.
     
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May 14, 2012, 08:13 AM
 
I'm pretty sure the technically accurate term is great aunt. I've never heard of grand aunts or uncles.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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May 14, 2012, 11:10 AM
 
Great.

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May 14, 2012, 12:04 PM
 
"Great Aunt" and "Grandaunt" are technically synonymous. Having said that, "Great Aunt" is the more prevalently used term. On the one hand, there is a certain consistency to say "Grandaunt" instead. Then your "Great Grandaunt" could be used to reference the sister of your "Great Grandmother". "Great-Great Grandaunt" for the sister of your "Great-Great Grandmother", etc. However, I think this isn't done because "Grandmother" has evolved into a kinship relation in and of itself as opposed to "Grand" being a modifier of the "Mother" kinship relation. That is, we now just say "Grandmother" as opposed to "Grand Mother". And we use "Great" as a modifier of the "Grandmother" kinship relation. However, "Grandaunt" has NOT evolved into a kinship relation in and of itself in similar fashion since we already utilize "Aunt" for this. Therefore, we use "Great" as a modifier of it ... i.e. "Great Aunt". So there is a certain logic to that approach as well.

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tightsocks  (op)
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May 14, 2012, 12:14 PM
 
But I am called her 'grand nephew' right?
Seems inconsistent...
     
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May 14, 2012, 12:33 PM
 
I say "great nephew."
     
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May 14, 2012, 02:34 PM
 
English is such a great language.
     
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May 14, 2012, 06:08 PM
 
Ancestry.co.uk says Grand Aunt.

Great is used for another generation back, isn't it? Great Grandfather, etc.

edit: Just checked. Yes, I have Great Grand Aunts.
     
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May 14, 2012, 08:37 PM
 
She's a Graunt.

You're welcome

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May 14, 2012, 09:31 PM
 
Great aunt, but her parents are my great grand parents.
     
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May 15, 2012, 07:28 AM
 
Originally Posted by imitchellg5 View Post
English is such a great language.
English is such a grand language.
     
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May 15, 2012, 07:40 AM
 
Originally Posted by turtle777 View Post
She's a Graunt.

You're welcome

-t
If her name happened to be Janet, you could just call her Granite.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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May 15, 2012, 06:29 PM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
If her name happened to be Janet, you could just call her Granite.
Only if she's from New Hampshire.
What, me worry?
     
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May 20, 2012, 10:04 PM
 
If she is like a piano and laying down then she is grand.
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May 21, 2012, 12:47 AM
 
Originally Posted by tightsocks View Post
English is such a grand language.
I was hoping that someone would take the bait.
     
   
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