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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: A name derived from a child's name that is used to address a parent. For example, Johnsdad (as opposed to Johnson).
[From Greek teknon (child) + -onym (name). Contrast this term with patronym.]
"A Baatonu does not automatically receive a teknonym when he or she
becomes a parent, as is the custom among other ethnic groups."
"Informants spoke at great length about how respectful Fijian practice
requires avoiding using the personal names of certain categories of people
(or even avoiding their presence altogether). Once people have children,
for instance, they are to be addressed by the teknonym 'father of' or
'mother of' their eldest child."
Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right. -Igor Stravinsky, composer (1882-1971)
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