On Wed, May 5, 2010 at 12:19 PM, Andreas Johansson <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > On Wed, May 5, 2010 at 11:57 AM, Peter Bleackley > <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >> staving Andreas Johansson: >> >>> >>> Tangential, but I was long ago told - by a teacher no less - that >>> English has no unified word for "sibling", but only "brother" and >>> "sister". >>> >> >> Obviously not true, but "sibling" is a relatively infrequently used term. >> When discussing my family, I'd be much more likely to talk about "my >> brothers and sisters" than "my siblings". >> > > > The immediate consequence of being told it was me translating Sw. > _syskon_ as "brothers or sisters", which probably made for natural > English That was supposed to say "... made for more natural English ..." > than what "siblings" would have done, so I've in retrospect > wondered if it was deliberate economy with the truth for a pedagogical > purpose. Not a sort of pedagogy I'd approve of, if so, but one can see > why someone might think it a good idea. > > > -- > Andreas Johansson > > Why can't you be a non-conformist just like everybody else? > -- Andreas Johansson Why can't you be a non-conformist just like everybody else?