Are grand-uncle and uncle interchangeable?

In the call of cthulhu, Lovecraft write the two words when mentioning his relative

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  • Sharon
    Lv 6
    12 months ago

    great uncle is brother of a grandparent. Uncle is brother of a parent. I had a great uncle who was elected to the California legislature and owned a saloon

  • Speed
    Lv 7
    12 months ago

    They're not the same but may be addressed or referred to as if they were.

    An uncle is the brother of your parent. A grand-uncle (or more commonly used, great uncle) is the brother of one of your grandparents. But either might be addressed as Uncle William or Uncle Henry.

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    12 months ago

    Very few people would use the term 'grand-uncle'.

    'Great-uncle' is more common, but most people would just say 'uncle'.

  • 12 months ago

    I would say great uncle rather than grand uncle (referring to an uncle of one of your parents). This is technically distinct from a regular uncle (referring to a brother of one of your parents). However, it would not be unusual for someone to refer to a great uncle as simply an uncle for brevity, as the exact genealogical distinction will be irrelevant in most circumstances. This is especially true if you are referring to them multiple times in front of the same listener.

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