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    Daddy and Mommy

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    I have heard an old American man saying daddy and mummy
    Is it ok for an adult to say daddy mummy?

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    Re: Daddy and Mommy

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    Hello

    I have heard an old American man saying daddy and mummy
    Is it ok for an adult to say daddy mummy?

    Thanks
    What people call their parents is entirely a personal choice. I call my parents "Mum and Dad" but my mother still calls her father "Daddy" even though he is now 89 years old! However, she called her mother "Jo" (her first name) instead of mum. I have no idea why.

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    Re: Daddy and Mommy

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    I thought mummy and daddy is a childish version of Mom and Dad.

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    Re: Daddy and Mommy

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    I thought mummy and daddy is a childish version of Mom and Dad.
    Well, you're right, that's usually how it is used but some people continue to call their parents that even when they're adults. As I said, it's personal choice.

    There are lots of alternatives:

    Mummy and Daddy
    Mommy and Daddy
    Mum and Dad
    Mom and Dad
    Ma and Pa
    Mater and Pater (very old-fashioned!)
    Mother and Father

    Sometimes, there is a difference between what people actually call their parents when they're speaking directly to them, and what they refer to them as when they're talking to someone else.

    "Mum, what do you want for Christmas?"
    "Dad, can I borrow the car?"
    "My mum's really tall."
    "My mother has three sisters."
    "My father is an engineer".

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    Re: Daddy and Mommy

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Daddy and Mommy

    The preferred parental names are strictly a personal choice. To my mind, for example, "Mommy" and "Daddy" sound rather juvenile, but I have friends who are over the age of 40 who call their father "Daddy." My Mom called her mother "Mama" and her father "Daddy" until they died (both passed away at age 80-something). My husband and his brothers call their father "Pop." So it all depends upon what parental names the children in a particular family are accustomed to. That said, if you are not a family member and are inquiring about or making reference to someone's parents, it is tradtiional in AmE to use either "Mom" and "Dad" or "Mother" and "Father" unless instructed otherwise.

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