Date: Fri, 7 Nov 1997 10:58:06 -0600
From: "Emerson, Jessie J" jjemerso[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]INGR.COM
Subject: Re: mamaw & papaw (was "git-go and southernisms)
I've heard several variations, but I haven't been able to determine a
widespread usage differentiation between generations. (granny, granmaw,
granpaw, meemaw, pop, big mom, etc.)
From: Beverly Flanigan [SMTP:FLANIGAN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU]
Sent: Thursday, 06 November, 1997 7:36 PM
To: ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: "git-go and southernisms"
On "shirttail [kin]folk": "Shirt-tail relations" was the term used
my mother (b. 1906) in Minnesota. Is/was this term in common use?
not sure any longer (if I ever was) about the semantic
of the term--in-laws, distant cousins, cousins of cousins, members
the families of the spouses of cousins, etc. Anybody else use it?
Another query: 'Mamaw' (or mammaw) and 'papaw' (pappaw) are
used for grandmother and grandfather in Southeastern Ohio; but
I heard of 'mawmaw' [m-backward C-m-backward C] and 'pawpaw' (same
vowels) for great-grandmother and great-grandfather. The local
newspaper had a death-memorial tribute with a picture of an
and a farewell from a child: "We miss you, Pawpaw," which I
as the same term I had previously heard (i.e., great-grandfather),
although of course 'papaw' (grandfather) may also have been
Can others attest to this two-generation distinction?