Uncles and…???

This morning, my student “Colleague C” told me a long story involving her parents, grandparents and other close relatives. At one point she brought her uncle and aunt into the picture, “…and after that my uncle and my…ehm…,” she paused, thought for a moment, then lapsed into Italian to ask me: “come si dice ‘zia’ in inglese?Then a triumphant smile passed over her face, as though she had just remembered the English equivalent of “zia.”

And she exclaimed, “ah yes…and after that my uncle and my uncless…”

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