When you're talking to your aunt or uncles, do you say the aunt and uncle bit when you're saying their name

That is why we call our mother mother. We used to call her mummy and then in our teens we said we will call you mum and she wasn’t having any of it so now she has ended up with mother.

Probably should have carried on with mummy looking back but were just too embarrassed and can’t go back now.

Saying mummy to your mummy is another one of the things that tories ruined.

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One of my aunts recently went from Pat to Tricia. What do we think about that?

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Pretty sure it would just be their name now, but I’d probably just try to avoid having to as it would still feel a bit weird, but not as weird as a 50 year old calling someone Auntie so and so and Uncle whatever. To be honest though they’re all in their old age and I haven’t really kept in touch since my mum died so I probably don’t need to worry.

I have a couple of nephews and a niece who are only between 5 and 10 years younger than me so they sometimes call me Uncle Rich just to wind me up!

Never heard this actually happen outside of TV

I still call them Uncle & Auntie, as I was told I would get a slap if I didn’t (as a kid).
I guess I’m in the minority.

I do call dad-in-law “Mr P” sometimes cos he finds it funny.
That’s mostly in emails or cards though. I call him by his first name to his face.

The idea of you doing this survey tickles me.

My cousins say uncle and auntie when referring to my parents. I do not when referring to theirs.

I still call them Auntie. Also call some of my mum’s friends Auntie. My mum’s closest friend has got the same first name as her but I genuinely thought she was a real auntie until I was quite embarrassingly old. I distinctly remember asking my granny why she named two of her daughters the same thing and getting laughed at quite a lot.

I don’t call my uncles Uncle but I do call one of my dad’s friends Uncle.

Literally never crossed my mind that the name Trisha comes from Patricia

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Let me blow your mind with the name Bert.

That… does not sound right.

Still call my Aunts and Uncles, Auntie… or Uncle…, I grew up seeing most of them every weekend so both my siblings and cousins all still use the Antie/Uncle prefix, it would seem weird to me not calling them that.

Talking to them: first name
Talking about them to another family member: auntie/uncle {name}


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Why is everyone saying Auntie/Uncle? Surely it should either be Aunt/Uncle or Auntie/Uncley.

I’m sorry, wut?

Always call them auntie (name)/uncle (name) but I think this is cos of my mum’s culture. I call my mum’s sister “tía” and only use her name if talking about her to someone else, and if I’m talking to a cousin I’ll just call them “primo/prima” half the time and use their name the other half.

My nephew just calls me and the TV by our names, no auntie or uncle, which I find weird but I guess it’ll make it easier when he’s older.

I have always called my mum, MUMRA THE EVER-LIVING.

Every now and again she patiently tries to explain to me that she won’t live forever and then I have to patiently explain it’s a Thundercats reference and round we go again.

It’s all formal in my parents language. There’s a word to cover each type of uncle : sasa, fufa, mama, khalu. Ditto for aunt: sasi, fufu, mami, khala.

Each word tells you if they’re from your mum or dad’s side and related by blood or marriage.

Names can also be pre-fixed with big, middle or little to differentiate between uncles who are brothers and aunts who are sisters.

All this because it’s impolite to call them by their name.

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