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  Kids want 'nibling' in dictionary
Updated 28 April 2004, 16.34
New word nibling
A group of Somerset schoolchildren have launched a bid to get the word nibling into the Oxford English Dictionary.

Nibling is a little-known word which means "niece or nephew". It'll be part of everyday speech if the Paulton Junior School kids get their way.

They are spreading the word by doing interviews, writing letters and telling friends and family to use the word.

They discovered nibling when they were learning about the meaning of words. Now they want everyone to use it.

The campaigners have been working with their teachers Mrs Pearson, Mrs James and Mrs Tidbury to get the word recognised.

Ten-year-old Kirsty explained: "It's a good word because 'nieces and nephews' has five syllables, and 'niblings' only has two."

Amazing

She said the kids were "really confident" that their campaign would succeed.

Jamie, 11, said: "All my friends and family are saying the word. It's getting bigger and bigger.

"It would be amazing to see it in the dictionary."

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