Brethren and sistren

Writer G.D. Gearino employed a little-used word in his Sunday Journal story about three guys who go water-skiing every month, regardless of how cold it is.

Gearino wrote this sentence:

Suppose you decide that you’re going to climb inside a refrigerator-sized box in the middle of the city and refuse to eat for a day (and that you’re not doing this as a show of support for your homeless brethren and sistren).

The Ask Oxford site has a short post about sistren. The Mavens’ Word of the Day has a post about plurals made with -en.

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