To dislike 40 yr old dh calling his mother "mummy"

(197 Posts)
Mala Tue 27-Feb-07 09:16:44

Always think mummy sounds horrible, unless the person is under 16. I mean it's okay as a one off, but as an adult I prefer mum. Also don't like dd calling her grandmother "grandmummy"(which is how dh will often refer her as).

ledodgyDave Tue 27-Feb-07 09:17:19

Urgh it would grate on me too.

wotzsaname Tue 27-Feb-07 09:20:34

Habbits are hard to break, but it would make me 'ugh'!

At school I had a friend from when she was 10 call her parents by their first names, this was in the 70's. Very modern I thought at the time.

zippitippitoes Tue 27-Feb-07 09:21:55

it just means he is uber posh..if this means he is also uber rich I would just smile benignly

Ummm.... my sis and I still call our Mum 'mummy' occasionally like wise with 'daddy'..b but its a wider family thing anyway.

FioFio Tue 27-Feb-07 09:24:23

does he ask for bitty too?

DumbledoresGirl Tue 27-Feb-07 09:24:34

It is a class thing darhling. I still call my parents Mummy and Daddy and I am over 40. I would like to show my class a little less and call them Mum and Dad (I see my brother has sometimes managed to do this) but it would feel odd calling them by another name, like calling my husband Bernard (not his real name, no offence to Bernards out there!)

FioFio Tue 27-Feb-07 09:25:54

I doubt its about class, I call my mum 'Mother'

FluffyMummy123 Tue 27-Feb-07 09:26:19

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MrsJohnCusack Tue 27-Feb-07 09:26:41

it does kind of depend what's normal in the family. am afraid I have a mummy too - we're not really posh, it's just what they get called on her side of the family and it feels forced to change the habit because of what other people might think to be honest!

DumbledoresGirl Tue 27-Feb-07 09:27:40

Yes "mother" means a whole different thing again in my book.

Look, it could be worse. My dh (sometimes, jokingly, well quite often actually) calls his parents Mater and Pater. I really cringe at that.

FioFio Tue 27-Feb-07 09:28:09

why what does mother mean?

Caligula Tue 27-Feb-07 09:28:25


He can call his mother what he wants. I think it's a bit intrusive to object, tbh.

Also with the grandmother thing, it's up to the Grandmother to decide what she wants to be called imo. My mother insists on Nanny, which I think is hideous, but hey, that's what she wants, so that's what she is.

FioFio Tue 27-Feb-07 09:29:08

caligula, my mother insists on nany aswell

It's a posh thing, many of my employers have called their Parents Mummy/Daddy...You get used to it though I have to say I find it rather babyish!

FluffyMummy123 Tue 27-Feb-07 09:30:04

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NadineBaggott Tue 27-Feb-07 09:30:07

as long as its not old git, what does it matter?

FluffyMummy123 Tue 27-Feb-07 09:30:34

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Lilliput Tue 27-Feb-07 09:31:04

my dad who is in his 60's called his parents mummy and daddy all their lives, they have only recently died. It is a class thing, my parents went the total opposite to their upbringing, became kind of hippies and we called them by their names. I have never called my parents mum and dad.

FluffyMummy123 Tue 27-Feb-07 09:31:36

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southeastastra Tue 27-Feb-07 09:32:35

i used to work in kensington and most of the managers referred to their mummies all the time. i confused them once by telling them my son was being looked after by his nanny. they thought i'd suddenly gone up in the world.

FioFio Tue 27-Feb-07 09:33:06


NadineBaggott Tue 27-Feb-07 09:33:15


Caligula Tue 27-Feb-07 09:33:20


Everyone thinks I'm posh and have a nanny as well!

kittylette Tue 27-Feb-07 09:34:12

i call my dad 'daddy'

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