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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".

Pete