Date: Fri, 7 Nov 1997 09:44:53 -0800 From: "A. Maberry" Subject: Re: "git-go and southernisms" On Thu, 6 Nov 1997, Beverly Flanigan wrote: > On "shirttail [kin]folk": "Shirt-tail relations" was the term used by > my mother (b. 1906) in Minnesota. Is/was this term in common use? I'm > not sure any longer (if I ever was) about the semantic restrictiveness > of the term--in-laws, distant cousins, cousins of cousins, members of > the families of the spouses of cousins, etc. Anybody else use it? I've heard it all my life up here in the PNW. My grandparents both used it and neither was from the South (GF from Nebraska, GM from Minnesota/Iowa). It was usually reserved for anyone farther removed than 3rd cousin--i.e. pretty much as Beverly describes it above. Allen maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]