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Old 10-25-2000, 09:32 AM
BiblioCat is offline
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Location: Baltimore
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I have heard of this, but never thought it was a cultural or racial thing. I thought it was an older (and archaic) designation (that kids with the same mom but different dads are not "halfs", but kids with the same dad and different moms are "half-siblings").
I think a long time ago, that was the "official" designation.

Just FTR, in my immediate family (white), my hubby and I each had a child when we married, and have one child together, so the 2 older ones are "step-sisters" and their little brother is a "half-brother", but we have never used words other than "sister" and "brother". The girls started it when we got married, saying "Now we're sisters!"