Date: Fri, 7 Nov 1997 09:50:38 -0500 From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: "git-go and southernisms": mawmaw and pawpaw On my father's side (in Texas), his maternal grandparents were "mammy" and "papa," the names by which I knew them. However, I called my paternal grandparents "mawmaw" and "pawpaw," both of whom are now deceased and thereby unknown to my children. My children know my parents as "grandma in Texas" (known to their cousins as "grandma Tootie") and "grandpa in Texas" (I don't know what the cousins call him). We have no relational term for my father's current wife. (The seating at the last wedding I attended sure was interesting.) The generational shifts have generally been a matter of convenience and accident for us. Our sense is that the names should be distinct so we know who(m) we are talking about. However, I believe that my father referred to his paternal grandfather "pawpaw," although the man died before my father was born. This pawpaw's wife remarried and was then known as "grandma Brown"--even to me. Wayne Glowka Old Enough to Be Pawpaw