How do I accurately describe this familial relationship?
December 31, 2017 12:04 AM   Subscribe

Hi. I'm wondering how I accurately describe this 19th century dude's relationship to me. Detail inside.

My great-great grandmother had a sister who married a dude. I guess the sister would be my great-great-great aunt; would the dude be my great-great-great uncle?

posted by angrycat to Writing & Language (6 answers total)
posted by aubilenon at 12:08 AM on December 31, 2017 [3 favorites]

Yup. In English, we don't have different words for uncles/ aunts by blood vs. their spouses, who are your uncles/ aunts by marriage. I'm pretty sure that other languages and cultures differentiate between those relationships, but we use the same word for both.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 12:11 AM on December 31, 2017 [3 favorites]

Here's a related thread about aunt/uncle titles on English Language & Usage Stack Exchange. It also reinforces the above.
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 2:38 AM on December 31, 2017

If you wanted you could say "My great-great-great uncle by marriage" but you are not inaccurate leaving off "by marriage".
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 4:46 AM on December 31, 2017 [1 favorite]

Thanks everybody!
posted by angrycat at 9:47 AM on December 31, 2017

wouldn't that be an uncle-in-law?
posted by rebent at 10:03 AM on January 2, 2018

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