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    Cool kin

    Hi,

    Is the following sentence correct?

    'They're cousins so they cannot have children for kin reasons.'

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    Re: kin

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Is the following sentence correct?

    'They're cousins so they cannot have children for kin reasons.'
    A better word for 'kin' would be inbreeding.

    However, marriage between first cousins is legal in very many countries, including Brazil, and nothing prevents them having children.

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    Re: kin

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Is the following sentence correct?

    'They're cousins so they cannot have children for kin reasons.'
    Cousins are no mules, so they can have children. But the problem is that their children can suffer serious genetic anomalies.

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    Cool Re: kin

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    Cousins are no mules, so they can have children. But the problem is that their children can suffer serious genetic anomalies.
    But is the term 'kin reasons' correct?

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    Re: kin

    No.

    "Kin" simply means relatives. It tends to be a Southern expression in the US.
    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.

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    Re: kin

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    Cousins are no mules,
    gave me a belly laugh!

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    Re: kin

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No.

    "Kin" simply means relatives. It tends to be a Southern expression in the US.
    It sounds to me like shorthand for an archaic phrase (possibly from The Book of Common Prayer) - something like 'marriages that are proscribed for reasons of proximity of kinship'.

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    Re: kin

    Do you use "kin" in the UK?

    We used to have big family reunions. I always enjoyed that whole "second cousin once removed" calculation process. My aunt would call me over and give me two relatives and ask me how they were related, and I'd to my thing... first cousin, twice removed, etc. And she'd laugh and say "Sure they are, baby doll. But we just call 'em kin." I'd fall for it every year.
    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.

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    Re: kin

    A better word for 'kin' would be inbreeding.
    They're cousins so they cannot have children for inbreeding reasons. - this doesn't sound right either, does it?

    They're cousins so they cannot have children for biological reasons. ?

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    Re: kin

    The thing is, they CAN have children. Whether it's advised or not is the issue. (Hence the apt "mule" comment.)

    I can't think of a single word for this. Because of concerns of passing on congenital disorders, maybe. But that would apply only if both of the cousins had the problem genes in the first place.
    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.

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