Someone wrote…

My brother’s wife is having a child this spring. The doctors have told us it will be male. I’ve been calling him my nephew but of course we won’t know gender until much later. So then I found this word:

nibling (plural niblings)
A nephew or niece, especially in the plural or as a gender-neutral term.

According to Wiktionary. I think this is the greatest name for nieces and nephews!

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?

Posted by on December 28th, 2013 at 08:00 am

Category: your voice 6 comments »

6 Responses to “Nibling”

  1. Callista

    Adding new word to vocabulary…


    “Nibling” has been assimilated.


  2. Skye

    That’s hilarious! Maybe it will take off in the Genderfluid community.


  3. Hodge Podge

    I love it. ‘Nibling’ sounds adorable


  4. DeForet

    “Nibling” is to niece and nephew what “sibling” is to sister and brother. New, but familiar at the same time. I love it! Thanks for sharing this great word!


  5. David

    Love this. I’ve been using “newt”, per my friend Billy Johnson, who coined this 3 decades ago.
    I think “nibbling” is easier to decipher in conversation.
    Thank you!


    David replied:

    Oops autocorrect. Nibling


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