Phral

phral m. (Ind.) brother, first cousin.

In as much as relatives in one fameľija lived, if not in one house and one household, then close by, not only brothers and sisters but also their children grew up together like brothers and sisters. Hence, the term phral is often used for cousin.

Ignorance of this linguistic-cultural phenomenon has caused more than one social worker to judge "Gypsies" as "primitive because they don't know the difference between brother and cousin".

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