One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Last in order of birth; youngest.
- ‘Furthermore, with the last-born children united by a mystical relation to first-born siblings, the series of siblings comes full circle - is complete - which explains the birth-control connotation of the practice.’
- ‘Sadly, George was never to see his last-born child.’
- ‘Thirty-five percent were first-born children and 25% were last-born; 15% were only children.’
- ‘Now, this risk is exactly what, according to Portuguese data, the custom of choosing the eldest children to act as godparents to last-born siblings seeks to avoid.’
- ‘However, like many last-born children, you might complain of feeling ‘babied’.’
- ‘An increased laying interval would create a large hatching interval for last-born chicks with potential negative effects on their survival.’
- ‘Seemingly, the necessity of making the first child act as godfather/godmother to the last-born sibling relates to the wish of fully integrating the surplus child with the living, by placing him or her in a clearly defined family position.’
A youngest or last-born child.
- ‘Frank Sulloway, a Harvard historian and psychologist, has spent 26 years researching his book, Born to Rebel, in which he concludes that first-borns are conscientious and responsible while last-borns are rebels and radicals.’
- ‘Students who were the oldest of all their siblings were considered first-borns, students who were younger than all their siblings were classified as last-borns, students who had siblings who were both older and younger than themselves were classified as middle-borns and those who reported having no siblings at all were classified as only children.’
- ‘Such is, I suggest, the primary reason for having first-born children act as godparents for the last-born.’
- ‘Osler was the last-born of eight children, the son of a minister.’
- ‘He maintained that last-borns are often spoiled and lazy because they don't have younger siblings challenging them.’
- ‘Stereotypically, last-borns like to laugh in bed.’
- ‘This mystical union of first-born and last-born in a single family position arguably constitutes a particular variation on the image of ‘two in one,’ after the model of identity-cum-opposition, that underlies metamorphosis.’
- ‘So I am not surprised that a lot of first-borns are consumed with jealousy, and want to rule the world, and that last-borns have a sort of impotent rage, and want to change it.’
- ‘Many last-borns capitalize on their position as smallest and weakest by elevating helplessness to a high art.’
- ‘And then there is the last-born: a show-off who enjoys the limelight; a charming rebel, often the family clown, creative, with a good sense of humour, a risk-taker.’
- ‘Still other Portuguese oral versions have the last-born - a third son, or else a seventh child named Dedo - defeat a werewolf, from whom he obtains riches (Leite de Vasconcelos 1986, 294-6).’
- ‘Moreover, Zonabend states that the last-born of many siblings - starting with a seventh child in the actual case she provides - are not to have ordinary godparents and, therefore, strangers are often accepted for the task.’
- ‘Singh reported that last-borns were more extroverted; sociability is a major component of extroversion.’
- ‘Traits of last-borns include charm, tendency to be manipulative, persistence, and love of attention.’
- ‘All the cubs, apart from the last-born who is thinner, are healthy and two are male cubs.’
- ‘However, last-borns perceived themselves as more agreeable, conscientious and open to experience than their siblings perceived them.’
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