Do you have a bosom buddy? A friend that is closer than your shadow? Someone who you share secrets with, laugh with, cry with, joke with, and spend oodles of time with? Someone who knows about all of your warts, your inner fears, your dark secrets,, and the fact that you hate red beets? If so, that person is probably your cater-cousin.
Cater-cousin [key-ter-kuhz-uhn] is a noun that means an intimate friend.
Abbot and Costello comes to mind (if you of the older grandparent generation). Batman and Robin, Bert and Ernie from Sesame street, Sherlock Holmes and Watson, and Laverne and Shirley are definitely cater-cousins while the Hatfields and the McCoys are NOT nor will they ever be closer than the end of their shotguns.
If you have a cater-cousin, consider yourself lucky. True friendship, friendship that lasts through misunderstandings, envying, and times when your you’re crankier than cranky, is a great thing to behold. It’s a blessing.
‘Friend’ sounds so plain and simple. Cater-cousin sounds more elegant and special. So, next time you’re with your cater-cousin, call him that. To his face. See his reaction. Then, once he’s settled down tell him the definition and then tell him thanks!