Hgiel came to the store to buy some pulltabs. I asked how he's doing, and he said he's happy to became a granddad today, again.
He bought his usual dose of pulltabs, and while he was opening them I asked how many sons and daughters he has. As I asked the question, it got me thinking. What would be the collective word for sons and daughers? I was thinking about it so seriously I was about to post the quesiton to Usingenglish.com forum.
But I then thought I'd try an web-based Korean-English dictionary first, as I knew the equivalent word in Korean. I typed the word and, the resultant word got me laughing and sighing at the same time. Laughing at my silly brain, and sighing at the realization that English hasn't completely sunken in me yet. As you already have guessed, it's the word 'children'.
But then, you know, there may have been a flip side to this. Hgiel told me he has 4 daughters and 3 sons. He just would've said he has seven children if I had remembered the word. Because I asked how many 'sons and daughers' he has, not how many 'children', he gave me more information. It wasn't intentional, but I felt I learned a bit today.