Survived First Avuncular Babysitting

I was called in for last-minute Ava-sitting tonight. Johnny expertly took me though the official feeding, cleaning, diapering and soothing protocols. Other than my avuncular [and possibly annoying] “check every 10 minutes to make sure she’s still breathing” routine, the night was uneventful, and she didn’t stir once. Next stop “anarchist indoctrination for infants.”


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vbj on July 18, 2007 - 17:44 Permalink

Avuncular is a great word. Use it whenever you can.

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Peter Rukavina on July 18, 2007 - 17:49 Permalink

I agree completely. Isn’t it wonderful to have a word so specific as to mean “of or relating to the relationship between men and their siblings’ children”.

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vbj on July 18, 2007 - 18:03 Permalink

And in Danish, there are specific words for grandparents, meaning “mother’s mother,” “mother’s father,” “father’s mother,” and “father’s father.”
Makes English seem pretty clunky.