Thanks again for all the interesting replies.
Henri - Thanks for the welcome, I'm really happy to have found this place. Complicated things all those family connections. I know in Vietnam also they have a squillion and one different names to call all their friends and relations, it seems they've categorized it all better. Then it must seem a bit simple to them that we just have one word 'brother' for example, which gives no indication of whether he is younger or older or what position he holds in the family.
It's funny in China they make such a clear distinction between maternal and paternal lineage and the relative ages of people and then have only one word for the third person singular 'ta' which gives no indication whether this 'ta' is male, female or neuter. Never could get my head around this idea.
Brazilian dude - Where I come from people like to go out on a Friday night and get hammered, sloshed, wasted, trashed, smashed, paraletic, nailed, tanked, totalled, juiced, nailed and jugged up. I've never seen Jerry Springer and I think you might be right.
KatyBR - I've never seen it much on the TV but if all those squeaky clean soapie stars were getting hammered, sloshed, wasted, trashed, smashed, paraletic, nailed, tanked, totalled, juiced, nailed and jugged up I might watch the box more often. I don't live in a trailer but what the hell.
Dr Goodword - Great link, thanks.
Garzo - Thanks again for the explanation.
I'm getting kicked out of the internet now, it's closing time will finish this tomorrow.