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Subject: Re: [DNA] NPE
Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 09:10:30 EDT

If NPE has negative connotations, what is wrong with that? For many people
finding out there was a break in their male line is a negative thing, at
least temporarily. Why does everything have to be neutral?

"Non-paternal surname" or any other set of words is not self-explanatory
until it is defined and accepted by the majority of people. Changing the
term only confuses people. Then if the event is negative the new term will
take on negative connotations as well.

Why do we have to have this discussion over and over?


In a message dated 5/21/2009 7:53:10 A.M. Central Daylight Time,

I thought it was clear from the context that the audience in question was
the general public, not genetic genealogists. I was not proposing that we
change terms among ourselves. However, NPE has too negative a connotation
use with the general public. It is much wiser to use a neutral term or none
at all when approaching them. Non-paternal surname is the best that I have
tried, since it is self-explanatory and without negative connotations.


On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 9:12 AM, Diana Gale Matthiesen

> I don't believe people assume an NPE means an out-of-wedlock birth. I
> certainly
> don't. It just as likely means an undetected adoption or an undetected
> stepchild (failure to detect the prior marriage of a spouse).

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