Me: So what do you guys think, bearing in mind that if you insult the book, uncle Adam will never get to go on Colbert's show?
It began, in Damascus, with a gunshot that robbed my uncle of his life.
Soldera comes across like that uncle who, once affronted, crosses you off forever.
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But it's going to have to be somebody, and if it's not "Mr. Sam," it's going to be uncle Sam.
And for that act of goodness, uncle Matthew had gone to his grave under stigma.
He took a step toward her, then looked pitifully at uncle Denny.
You wouldn't believe, would you, that your uncle is responsible for my having them?
But the doctor stopped and spoke very gravely to uncle Denny.
At length Rollo called out to tell his uncle that the city was in view.
late 13c., from Old French oncle, from Latin avunculus "mother's brother," literally "little grandfather," diminutive of avus "grandfather," from PIE root *awo- "grandfather, adult male relative other than one's father" (cf. Armenian hav "grandfather," Lithuanian avynas "maternal uncle," Old Church Slavonic uji "uncle," Welsh ewythr "uncle").
Replaced Old English eam (usually maternal; paternal uncle was fædera), which represents the Germanic form of the root (cf. Dutch oom, Old High German oheim "maternal uncle," German Ohm "uncle").
Also from French are German, Danish, Swedish onkel. First record of Dutch uncle (and his blunt, stern, benevolent advice) is from 1838; Welsh uncle (1747) was the first cousin of one's parent. To say uncle as a sign of submission in a fight is North American, attested from 1909, of uncertain signification.