A Short Introduction to Gender Neutral Terms


A Short Introduction to Gender Neutral Terms

A sister is someone who shares either one or more biological parents with another person. The biological brother is usually a younger brother. Though the word in most dictionaries technically refers to a familial relation, it can be used often endearingly for non-family relationships as well. A full sister, also known as aunts, uncles, or grandparents is usually a first degree family member. She is legally an adult, but not of age, of legal age in her state or country. In the United States, she is considered of adult age when she reaches the age of eighteen.

For centuries, the word sisogone means half sister, referring to both a female child and a male child. Some cultures view brothers as near blood kin and regard a female brother as half sister. Historically, in the Greek and Roman societies, the offspring of a male brother was usually referred to as a sister, while the daughter of a male brother was called a son. In modern times, however, a female offspring is usually referred to as a sister, while a male offspring is referred to as a son. It is usually implied that a sister has a male child while a son has a female child.

A sister cat is referred to as a sister by her cat, but a sister to another person is referred to as a sister by another person. In Spanish, the word sister means “a half-sibling” or “a sibling”. When referring to a sister who is not biologically related to the person speaking or using the words, the word sister coming from another person may mean the equivalent word in English. If someone says, “My sister is my sister”, it may mean, “My sister who is not my sister”.

There are other etymology for the word sister, etymology that refers to the female counterpart of a man’s name. The word sister noun comes from the Greek word, system, used to describe the female genital organ. This organ, the vulva, was thought to be part of the female reproductive system in early Greeks and was also the name of the organ in many prehistoric cultures. From this root, sister nouns developed, including -sup, -strumpet, -women and -womb.

In the secondary etymology of the word sister, -strumpet is replaced by -stretch (and -strope) to describe women, and the word sister becomes -stress (and -stress) to describe men. This secondary etymology of the word sister in English is similar to how the word sister in other languages are derived. Some examples include French sous, German sie, Italian soprano, Spanish Estrada, Russian sosint and others.

Some words have become synonymous with a particular gender or classifications such as older sister and younger sister. Although there is usually no precise reason for this type of inter-gendered borrowing, older sisters often tend to play an important role in family life, caring for younger siblings, especially girls. Younger sisters, on the other hand, are usually caretakers of older sisters when they become too much for their parent(s) to handle. It could be a matter of convenience or of loyalty.