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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 24th June 2018
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sib (noun) SIB

Kinsman or kinswoman, brother or sister, group descended from a common ancestor.

Ye who have travelled the wilderness, ye who have followed the chase,
Whom the voice of the forest comforts and the touch of the lonely place;
Ye who are sib to the jungle and know it and hold it good—
Praise ye the name of Nimrod, a Fellow Who Understood.

'H.B.', Punch or the London Charivari, vol 159, 8 September 1920.

'And good reason ye have, that are sae sib to them,' quoth the lady, 'and kend weel baith them that are here, and them that are gane.'

Sir Walter Scott, Redgauntlet. Amazon

It opens with the two sibs fantasising about being mistress and killer maid, though, unless you're a devotee, you won't know this is a masquerade until the Grande Dame - an upper-class creature so florid that she could be a man in drag - sweeps in.

Susannah Clapp, The Observer, 20 May 2007. The Observer

Anyone who shares my friend's pain may be comforted to know that, while Elvis may have become enmeshed in love's maw, he has four (judging by their picture, much) younger brothers who haven't. Declan's youthful sibs, Ronan, Ruairi, Liam and Kieran MacManus, also known as Riverway, are scheduled to release their first single, Don't Start Me Off, on April 12.

Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 23 March 2004. The Guardian

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