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Re: Cousins of the Knee

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  • amiak27
    Martin & Vlad, Thank you. The relationship fits my relationship with the cousin who used the phrase exactly. It is great to have the background on the word
    Message 1 of 4 , May 23, 2007
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      Martin & Vlad,

      Thank you. The relationship fits my relationship with the cousin who
      used the phrase exactly. It is great to have the background on the
      word as well - and the old Church Latin comes back with the use of
      'genu' as in 'genuflect', a word I haven't heard in years.

      Ron

      --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, <konekta@...> wrote:
      >
      > You could say a knee is one generation.
      > Vladimir
      >
      > _____
      >
      > From: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
      [mailto:Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com] On
      > Behalf Of Martin Votruba
      > Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 5:23 AM
      > To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [Slovak-World] Re: Cousins of the Knee
      >
      >
      >
      > > a knee cousin?
      >
      > Should Slovak help, Ron, _brat(r)anec/sesternica z druheho kolena_
      > ("of/from the second knee") is a grandchild of your grandparent's
      sibling.
      >
      > The root also appears in the Slovak _pokolenie_, i.e. "generation" in
      > English, which goes back to the Latin _genu_, "knee" like its Slovak
      > equivalent.
      >
      > Some assume that this ancient usage of the words for "knee" goes back
      > to the Indo-European times 4000+ years ago when most of the modern
      > European languages were still one language, and to the custom whereby
      > a newborn baby was placed before the (assumed) father who lifted it
      > and put it on his knees (= in his lap) and thus recognized it as
      > _genu_ine-ly (originally: "inborn, by birth --> true") his.
      >
      > Martin
      >
      > votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
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