Sunday, December 20, 2015

Phrase of the day: shirttail cousin

The phrase of the day is shirttail cousin:
  1. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. of distant relation, especially by marriage: some shirttail cousins I'd never met.

"Born in 1063 A.D., 8-Deer was a shirttail cousin to the ruling family of Tilantongo, which had been engaged for decades in a dynastic struggle with the kingdom of Red and White Bundle."

 - Charles Mann, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

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