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#105770 06/15/03 05:53 PM
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Here in the USofA it is Fathers Day - a day on which fathers are gifted and feted. I heard a couple of songs on the radio that got me to thinking about all the diferent ways there are of saying "Father."
Father, Pater, Pop, Papa, Dad, Daddy, and (particularly if you are Irish)"Himself" and of course, The Old Man.
It was Dad or Daddy around my home. What about you?
And to all you Dads out there - Happy Fathers Day!


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Daddy.

and thanks for the wishes. we just had a delightful cookout, the boys are now making a bonfire to roast marshmallows, and I plan to spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing! yippee!



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my father is the irish Da (dah),9not dad, my son is called poppa by his children, and my nieghbors childern, call their father abba, (they are orthodox jews, and abba is father in hewbrew)


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Pa was a common expression, particularly out west.
(Which gave rise to the joke about the three-legged dog who walked into the saloon looking for the man who shot his pa).
We always used dad in our family; but my dad's dad was pa.


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heard some songs on the radio

The best father and son song ever written was Father and Son by Cat Stevens, IMO:


FATHER AND SON

Cat Stevens


Father
It's not time to make a change,
Just relax, take it easy.
You're still young, that's your fault,
There's so much you have to know.
Find a girl, settle down,
If you want you can marry.
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy.

I was once like you are now, and I know that it's not easy,
To be calm when you've found something going on.
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you've got.
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not.


Son
How can I try to explain, when I do he turns away again.
It's always been the same, same old story.
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen.
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away.
I know I have to go.


Father
It's not time to make a change,
Just sit down, take it slowly.
You're still young, that's your fault,
There's so much you have to go through.
Find a girl, settle down,
if you want you can marry.
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy.


Son
All the times that I cried, keeping all the things I knew inside,
It's hard, but it's harder to ignore it.
If they were right, I'd agree, but it's them you know not me.
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away.
I know I have to go.


1971 by Cat Stevens



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Back in California it was dad, but here in Germany my father-in-law is Vati (FAH-tee)or Papi (PAH-pee), the latter being more intimate.


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In reply to:

and (particularly if you are Irish)"Himself"


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You heard him right, Alex. As in, "You just wait till Himself comes home!"


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You heard him right

Since when is our High Priestess WOW a "him"? Herself is not going to be amused, Faldage.


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Himself, is not a children's term. adult children might use to to refer to their Da, but (in my experience) not use himself to his face-then he was Da(h)..

my mother would say, Himself when talking about my Da.
(my mother (and Nana) disliked the pronouns he and she and would rant when we used them at home:
'and who the hell is she?.. she is nobody but a cat's mother.. use her name!'
so rather than saying 'he went and bought himself a car' about my father, she's say 'Himself went a bought a car'.

I don't know why she ranted about he/she... but other adults (in and from ireland) took the same tone when we were kids.. so its either a dublin thing, or irish thing.. (what do you say rubrick?)


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