Dating your second cousin once removed

30-Sep-2016 19:08

We’ve all been there: You’re stuck at a huge party full of extended family members when some weirdo who looks nothing like you runs up and says: ‘Hey, so how are we related again?

’ Up until now the only way to get out of this ticking time-bomb of awkwardness was to make up some relative (why not go with ‘Uncle Jack’?

Please note: Memorising this chart will not make family engagements any more bearable.

Your first cousin is the child of your aunt or uncle.    Most people have both maternal and paternal cousins.