[Ads-l] WITHOUT RESORTING TO A DICTIONARY: family types

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 2 13:17:58 EDT 2017


That’s pretty much my take, though there are in-laws, step-relatives and half-relatives in the mix, too.

Nuclear: step and half, but no in-laws
Immediate: step and half, and a spouse of any of those in the immediate
extended: step, half and in-laws (including in-laws of in-laws on a generous day)

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

> On 2 Jul 2017, at 10:12, George Thompson <george.thompson at NYU.EDU> wrote:
> 
> I take Nuclear family: to be the parents and their children.
> Immediate family: adds grandparents and brothers & sisters of the parents.
> Extended family: adds cousins, &c.
> I would only use Close family to describe the tightness or warmth of the
> bonds among the members of the family.  I wouldn't say "Only members
> of the Close
> family will be named in the obituary."
> 
> GAT
> 
> 
> 
> On Sun, Jul 2, 2017 at 12:20 PM, David K. Barnhart <dbarnhart at highlands.com>
> wrote:
> 
>> What is your "impression" of the following terms for family types:
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Extended family:
>> 
>> Immediate family:
>> 
>> Nuclear family:
>> 
>> Close family:
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> You are invited to respond either to the list of to me directly:
>> Barnhart at highlands.com
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Thanks and Happy  4th,
>> 
>> David
>> 
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