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On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 4:57 AM, Ben Carnehl <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> I have noticed that at least in my area, many grandparents will long continue to refer to themselves using the simplified names by which their grandchildren called them as toddlers.  "Nana" for "grandma" is certainly an old and common one, but my nephews have a "Meemaw" on the other side of the family, and I know I have heard of a girl having a "Gunka" for a "grandpa".

I've always been "Boompa" to my now adult grandchildren. The only
other place I've ever heard that one was in the movie Mister Hobbs
Takes a Vacation where Jimmy Stewart's grandchildren call him that.

--gary