GG (madmouth) wrote in linguaphiles,
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my child

How many languages allow "son" to be a word by which to call a child of either sex? You can't do it in English, but you can in Hindi, Punjabi, Bosnian (&co.) and Korean. Any others?

ETA: actually, not Korean; I misheard. the word for 'child' and 'son' are just very similar.
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