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#51406 01/01/02 07:37 PM
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"Grandmother"....what are the terms used to refer to this person in your life, or your part of the world?

My first grandchild is due any day now! And I'm looking for a name for myself other than 'granny'.


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Dear Angel: I grew up in MA, with only one grandparent living, my father's mother. She was always "Gramma" because I was still small when she died. Except for a formal "Grandmother" or "Grandma" I never heard any other terms.


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Welcome to the board, Angel. I hope you'll feel comfortable here. In Spanish, the formal word for grandmother is abuela. Two informal versions are abuelita and ábue, "ita" being the feminine diminutive form. Abuelo is grandfather, formally, and abuelito informally.


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In Hawaii grandmother is Tutu Wahine - usually shortened to "Tutu" pronounced too-too.



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We called my mother's mother "Nanny." As a consequence, the word has always retained warm and fuzzy associations for me.


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In Maaori, grandmother is tipuna wahine ... The Maaori word for grandfather is koro.

How odd that one would be so much longer than the other. Max, is there any story behind this? Ayleurs, are there other languages with a like disparity?


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Congratulations on your impending grandmotherhood, Angel, and welcome aBoard . To distinguish between the paternal and maternal grandmothers, my kids called one Grammy, the other Busia (boo'-sha)(Polish) - never any confusion. Grandfathers were Papa and Grandpa.


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is nonna . And grandfather is nonno.


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