Humorously Pedantic

Reporters love the word “avuncular,” uncle-ish. But how do you describe a woman, say Ann Lewis, as Aunt-ish? The answer, it turns out, is “materteral.” It would be handy to have it back in circulation. At the moment, even Oxford describes it as “humorously pedantic.”

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