I agree with everyone else. Where I live, it's OK to call the daughter of your spouse a "stepdaughter" (or stiefdochter as it's called in Dutch) even if you haven't legally adopter her.
*Scientfically speaking this isn't exactly true, I said it for the sake of simplicity.
Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 13-Jul-2012 at 18:27.
To clarify, there is no term "half-daughter" or "half-son."
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Here's somebody's half-daughter.
. Note that the suggested term 'half-daughter' makes no genetic sense - it can't be done. Children that share one parent are half-brothers/sisters; half* their genes are the same. I suppose you could crefer to a man's niece as his 'quarter*-daughter' - we just don't.
PS * This was wrong; I was forgetting my Mendelian peas (let alone qs). I guess my 'quarter-daughter' should have been 'eighth-'. Biology was never my Thing.
Last edited by BobK; 15-Jul-2012 at 17:03. Reason: Added PS