"Ancestor" redux

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Feb 5 04:56:40 UTC 2013

At 2/4/2013 11:44 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>And from what I hear that guy wasn't even a
>*direct* ancestor, but an ancestor of Richard's
>sister, hence Richard's
well, I guess great
 great nephew.  Or uncle.  Same difference.

I hadn't heard anything but "direct descendant"
(from those who know English, at least), but I
haven't read any authoritative sources yet and
been informed how "direct".  There was an
interview with the ancestor on CBS network news earlier in the evening.


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