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At a family gathering the other day my grandniece and her siblings, when speaking to their father and mother, always called them John and Orla. . . . "John, when are we leaving"? I was horrified!

When I was growing up all the kids in our village referred to their parents as Mammy and Daddy. This was the common thing in Ireland as a whole. As we grew older it sometimes became 'Mam' or, when in the third person, 'Me Ma' or  'De Mammy' although even grown men still used 'Mammy'.

Then Mum and Mummy and such like were  imported from England. Used mainly to sound 'posh'.

Next, influenced no doubt by American TV, 'Mom' and 'Mommy' were imported with such Americanisms as 'candy', 'prom', and 'cafeteria'. We went to the 'pictures'. Now we go to the 'cinema' to see a 'movie'! Of course "Mammy" is also associated with the deep south in the States - is there an Irish connection!

But 'John' and 'Orla' .... Never!!


here in the semi-south where i live
mothers and fathers are usually Mom and Dad
sometimes Mama and Daddy

grandparents are Mom-mom and Pop-pop

older people are always called Miss and Mister and their first name Miss Josie and Mr Paul

while i am close enough in age to call her Josie when we talk
when referring to her to others, except for her family, i would use Miss Josie

I would use Mr Paul to him because we are not related and to use his first name just wouldn't sound right

How time and manners change!
Funny that moving to the region that my maternal Snape grandad and grandma came from, I've been reminded that couples here with kids call each other 'mam' and 'dad'as well as their kids doing so. :o)
Probably is a connection between the Irish and the deep south. My ancestors are Scotch-Irish, and a lot of them migrated into the south.