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Old 07-23-2019, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Gyrate View Post
My African friends certainly seem to refer to any older relation who isn't a parent as "uncle" or "aunty" regardless of the actual familial relationship (and indeed do the same to unrelated family friends), and the reverse (nieces/nephews for children, even if not literally true) isn't uncommon either. It seems to be an African thing.
I’m white and from the Pacific Northwest, and we do that. I am “uncle” to some of my friends’ kids, and my daughter has plenty of “aunts” and “uncles” that are just friends of my wife and I. This isn’t just an African thing.