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  • n. Plural form of great-uncle.


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  • In an oral history compiled by the Minnesota Historical Society, one of my great-uncles, Nick, who fought and was wounded on both Guam and Okinawa, described the cruel gratifications of using napalm at close range: The Japanese would come out of those caves with their skin and clothes and everything burning.

    Getting Their Guns Off

  • But as I turned the bend, I saw a cluster of black bodies moving up the hill, and with my great-uncles .22 Hornet, harvested my first turkey.

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  • When I was a girl, I lived with my mother, but I spent a lot of time with my paternal grandparents and my great-aunts and great-uncles in our family's antiques store in Los Angeles Chinatown.

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  • The truth was, I wanted to show off my three young men, to parade them before their great-aunts and great-uncles and make their grandparents proud.

    Suits you, young sirs

  • Municipal Court Judge Javier Lozano, whose great-uncles were officers under Villa, knew Villa's widow, who was made an honorary citizen of Columbus.

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  • They revered a past which they had partially invented and had roundly embellished to suit their own fear of change, and Pop, who had seen the world go to hell during the war and who hoped for a better future, couldn't convince your great-uncles to value anything new and often sat nursing a drink, stroking his jaw, and glaring distractedly into space.

    I Never Was

  • Your great-uncles did not trust progress, nor did they trust modern ideas.

    I Never Was

  • According to your great-uncles, Pop had Flanigan fired from his moonlighting job as a watchman when Flanigan caught Pop with his pants down in his office with a cigarette girl.

    I Never Was

  • Your great-uncles disagreed, and when they argued against him, Pop disengaged from the discussion and began to sulk.

    I Never Was

  • What was would always be — this was the way your great-uncles saw the world.

    I Never Was


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