Recently I read this article, which describes the flexible use of the word cousin in African-American and Latinx communities. It made me wonder whether, historically, Jewish communities have had similarly flexible family taxonomies. Would that be on-topic for this forum, and, if not, what would be a more appropriate place to ask?

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Unless you ask the question in a way which has direct relevance to Judaism itself, it would probably be off-topic. From the Help Center:

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  • OK, how about "does halacha recognize ambiguous cousin relationships"?
    – crmdgn
    May 17, 2018 at 17:07
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    That sounds like it is about Judaism. If you choose to ask it here, please make sure to provide enough details/explanations so that readers understand precisely what it is you want to know. If you just write "does halacha recognize ambiguous cousin relationships?" it will probably get closed as "unclear what you're asking".
    – Alex
    May 17, 2018 at 17:10

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