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Ask Amy: Teen besties might not be a good match

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I hope you will be able to be honest and respectful toward Lizzie, but if her behavior intensifies and you’re worried about yourself – or her – you must go to an adult for help.

Crisis Text Line is a great resource for support: Text the word HOME to 741-741 any time and you will connect with someone who will do their best to help.

Dear Amy, I am disappointed to see you pandering to extremists by adopting made-up meaningless words like “nibling.”

As cute a word as it is, our language unites us culturally and regionally.

Please don’t be bullied into divisive language by new age political correctness.

Thank you for your consideration.

 

– Ann

Dear Ann: Language is always changing and (to use synonyms employed through the last 100 years) I think this evolution is: capital, dandy, cool, awesome, rad, certified fresh, and dy-no-mite!

I especially like the term “nibling,” when referring to a sibling’s offspring. This word is not offered up by “extremists,” but seems to have bubbled up through the word soup, after swimming just below the surface for several decades.

According to Merriam-Webster, “nibling” was first coined by a Yale professor “… in the early 1950s but was relatively obscure for several decades before being revived in recent years.”

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