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

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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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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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