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materteral

Sometimes it seems like every college-degreed person in America, but me, is madly in love with this David Sedaris, who, frankly, I can’t stand. But that’s neither here nor there. Today’s Manhattan User’s Guide uses the word materteral, which–as is clear from the context below–is the “aunt” equivalent of “avuncular.”

In the old days, the voice of the holidays was the avuncular Burl Ives. Now, it’s the more materteral David Sedaris, which is progress in our book.

[The Mavens, on "materteral"]

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