avuncularity

avuncularity

(əˌvʌŋkjʊˈlærɪtɪ)
n
the condition of being an uncle
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Hot White Andy's many innovations--the deftly truncated lexemes, the computational glyphs, the name-dropping avuncularity of tone, and so on--merge in a self-pleasuring display of giddy release.
It should be clear from the research described above that much of our work has focused on falsifying the Kin Selection Hypothesis for male androphilia by examining alternative explanations that might account for the fa'afafine's elevated avuncularity. It should be equally clear that none of the alternative explanations we have tested, to date, have been supported.
In addition, data from contemporary transgendered male androphiles (fa'afafine) indicates that they exhibit elevated avuncularity. Given all this, it seems reasonable to suggest that kin selection played some role in the evolution of male androphilia.
In such a situation, increased avuncularity among male androphiles could potentially facilitate reproduction by female kin and thereby have positive "effects" on the genetic factors for both increased fecundity in females and, by extension, its conjectured by-product, male androphilia.
However, markedly elevated avuncularity, such as that observed among fa'afafine, might result in distinct fitness advantages that could form a unique basis on which kin selection might act.
Consequently, Vasey suggests "that the fa'afafine's avuncularity probably contributes to the evolutionary survival of genes for male same-sex sexual attraction, but is unlikely to entirely offset the costs of not reproducing."
Principled, socially conscious, modest, and with a mischievous sense of humor is how he emerges, with a sort of likable avuncularity that one would always wish for in one's literary heroes.
His death plays a central role in this book, as well as his presence in your life before he passed, which is interesting to think about when you look at the book's first poem, "Avuncularity," which opens "Every child ought to have a dead uncle" and goes on to say that he
"Avuncularity" comes in the form of an address from an as-yet-unidentified speaker to an as-yet-unidentified receiver of this address.
But "Avuncularity" can certainly be read as the poet's address to the self, even though the "you" has lost an uncle, and the ur-speaker of the book, so to speak, has lost a father.
Morbius (played with clammy-handed avuncularity by Walter Pidgeon) and his expeditionary force who landed there some two decades earlier.
Patrick Murphy dissects "The War Game" with soothing avuncularity. And John Cook, a Watkins scholar, peppers his remarks on "Culloden" with both professional expertise and personal insights.