n. A person's nieces and nephews.
Oh, and one important difference with the zoo’s kid freebies is that the cutoff is 11 years old. So no tweens here, please. On the upside, parents can now inform their eager 12-year-olds that they are “too grown up” to be considered kids. I know a few of my niephlings would dig that.
Excitingly, by the time we arrive for Christmas, the newest niephling, who’s due in about a week courtesy of my other sister, will also be there.
She is survived by her mother, Vivienne Remley Forsberg; husband Lou Arnold; daughters Miah Arnold (Raj Mankad) and Piper Regennitter (Tom); grandchildren Lila and Vishwa, and Ashley, Jonny, Natalie, and Addison; and her sisters Patricia Forsberg (Stephen F. Speckart), Suzanne Forsberg, Patricia Carkeek (Riley), and Lucy Kathleen Clixby (Thomas); and niephlings Shaun, Andre, Agatha, and Emma.
I think that I heard this on "A Way With Words" — nieflings is a combination of nieces and nephews. So, instead of writing a post on "my niece and nephew," I can write about my nieflings. I haven't been able to find a link to that show, but a Google search for "niefling" or "niephling" identifies other blogs.
This term is another hopeful sign on the long linguistic quest for a gender-neutral collective term for the children of one's siblings. Other examples include niblings (nieces/nephews + siblings), which dates to 1951, and the head-scratcher sofralia (deep breath: so [Latin: "sister"] + fra [Latin: "brother"] + -lia [Latin: "child"]), which was coined earlier this year. I have 2007 as the earliest usage, but it's obvious from the cite that the term is older than that.