Got a friend asking for gender-neutral words that might replace "sister" or "brother". They want something they could use in the context of talking to teachers or similar about their children, so not super jokey, but also "subling" strikes them as feeling pretty clinical. They cited "nibling" as feeling right tone-wise (but describing a different relationship, obviously). Children in question are teens.

What d'yall got by way of advice? :boosts_ok:

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@benhamill personally, I love sibling. I use it all the time, it is used for me, and people understand what you're saying which is also a plus. I think it won't feel clinical once you start using it tbh.

Probably not as helpful as offering another suggestion, but if they struggle to find an alternative at least it might be reassuring to know it does become normal?

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