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    monaka is offline Newbie
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    Default the ginger stepchild

    what does it mean?

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    Default Re: the ginger stepchild

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    I think "gingers" are people with red hair, freckles, and pale skin who have some problems with their survival. And for a stepchild, who is a child of an early marriage, is also very difficult to survive having a stepmother or a stepfather. Hence a ginger stepchild might be taken as a symbol of hard surviving. The ginger stepchild might be a concrete red-haired stepchild with a lot of problems.

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    Default Re: the ginger stepchild

    Without further context, we can only say that he or she is a child of one's spouse or partner from a previous marriage or relationship who has red hair.

    There must be very many much-loved ginger stepchildren, despite the Urban Dictionary's definitions.

    Sergyrais, thank you for stating that you are not a teacher in accordance with the forum guidelines. Now please edit your profile so that 'Teacher' does not appear in your Member Info. Thank you.

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    Default Re: the ginger stepchild

    And please note that, with regard to the contents of post number 2, having ginger hair, freckles and pale skin has absolutely no bearing on your chances of survival. There is also no such thing as a "concrete" child, stepchild or any other type of offspring.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: the ginger stepchild

    It is used in some slang expressions to imply that something or someone is unpopular or going to be beaten hard.

    Please note that expressions like this can cause genuine offence, so be careful with it.

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