An acquaintance said, "You're the only person I know who refers to your grand nieces and nephews instead of saying great niece or nephew."
I said, "But it's only logical that they are grand; after all, they are the granddaughters or grandsons of my brothers which would make them my grandnieces and grandnephews."
The person said, "I guess that's logical; how do you explain great grandparents?"
I said, "Because you wouldn't say grand grandparents; that's why I say, "My five-great grandfather came from Ireland, etc.; the great differentiates generations."
The acquaintance asked, "So do they call you grandaunt?" I said, "No, they just say Aunt Sue, but they refer to me as their great-aunt." "Then why don't they say grandaunt?" I answered, "Probably because it's so widely used to say great."
I have GREAT grandnieces and nephews now! My brother's granddaughter has a child! Oh, no! He's a great grandfather! I am a great grandaunt.
We are officially OLD!
There's no connection between this and the song Isn't It Grand?"; it's just a cute title for the article. I just happen to love the Clancy Brothers!