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Monday word: cater-cousin

cater-cousin (ˈkeɪtəˌkʌzən), noun

(archaic) An intimate friend; a person who is treated as a cousin but is not a blood relation.

Etymology:  1500s.  The most popular explanation is that 'cater-' means "crooked" or "angled".  Similar to cater-corner (diagonally across from).
In my part of the country, "cater-corner" has been corrupted to "kitty corner"; as far as I know, cater-cousin never experienced such changes.
Tags: c, german, noun, wordsmith: ersatz_read
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