Date: Sat, 26 Oct 1996 20:18:21 -0400
From: Toni Buzzeo buzzeocyll[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIX-NET.NET
I posted a private email to Natalie who graciously suggested that I post the
query to this list as well. As I am not a list subscriber, I would ask
anyone who has an answer to my question to please respond privately to my
I am a children's author living and writing in Maine. My current project is
a picture book that revolves around varying tooth loss rituals from around
the world. The grandmother of each of my protagonist's friends tells her
the ritual from her country or region of origin. The children address the
Taiwanese Grandmother as Ah-ma, the German Grandmother as Oma, etc. My
question is this. Is there a common form of address among Southern African
Americans for Grandmother? Someone has suggested Big Ma and someone else
Grandmary, but I have had no confirmation of either. Do any of you know if
there is a colloquial form of address?
Thank you for any help you can offer.
buzzeocyll[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mix-net.net