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To think a grown up shouldn't call their mother 'mummy'

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shebird Fri 01-Jan-16 01:50:23

Is it just a bit weird hearing a 40 year grown old woman call her mum 'Mummy' all the time. It just grates on me.

Concerned97 Fri 01-Jan-16 01:52:56

YANBU I have a 30 year old DN that insists on calling her mum, in a sickly sweet childish voice .... Mumma! Yuck!

Salmotrutta Fri 01-Jan-16 01:53:01

Well, umm, I stopped calling my mother "Mummy and switched to "Mum" at about 5-6 and so did my children with me.

But you are brave to start this thread OP...

shebird Fri 01-Jan-16 01:55:58

Well each to their own of course, but I just find grown up woman calling another grown up woman Mummeee in the same tone voice my DD used when she was 3 is a bit strange and very irritating.

Rummikub Fri 01-Jan-16 02:03:06

My teen dd still calls me mummy. Never in public though. I'll still say mummy to my mum occasionally grin

VertigoNun Fri 01-Jan-16 02:04:05

My teens call me Mummy. I don't know why. I don't mind what they call me as long as it's not something like Bitch.grin

shebird Fri 01-Jan-16 02:05:43

Very true Vertigogrin

fishcake84 Fri 01-Jan-16 02:06:00

Hmmmmm I'm conflicted here. I call my parents mammy and daddy and when I was a teenager I was totally embarrassed by it, but had sort of left it too late to change really. Now I don't give a shit. They are my parents' names as far as I'm concerned. And I'm working class northern and in no way posh.

knobblyknee Fri 01-Jan-16 02:06:21


rockabella Fri 01-Jan-16 02:09:23

I don't know if you are being unreasonable or not but I do find it odd, in my experience it tends to be something that more upper-class folk use and it does sound strange coming from a grown-up. I think my mam would have a heart attack if I ever called her mother, mum or mummy!!

fishcake84 Fri 01-Jan-16 02:10:04

I find the very posh "Marrrmeeeee" very irritating though. Can't justify it really. I like to think I don't enunciate it in the same way as OP's young DD grin

IpsyUpsyDaisyDo Fri 01-Jan-16 02:13:33

I am 42 and my mother is Mummy and my father is Daddy, and they always will be  (I am a bit posh wink)

GrinAndTonic Fri 01-Jan-16 02:16:15

It's bad but not as calling your husband/older lover Daddy.

Mmmmcake123 Fri 01-Jan-16 02:16:33

Each to their own imo

Skinidin Fri 01-Jan-16 02:16:55

YABU I am much older than 49'and still call my mother (92) mummy.

Because she wants me to.

Surely one may call their mother whatever they want?

whatdoIget Fri 01-Jan-16 02:17:11

I think you have to be a bit posh to carry it off. I would LOVE my ds to have kept calling me mummy, however we are not posh and he doesn't want to sadgrin

NewYearNewToads Fri 01-Jan-16 02:18:17

I'm not remotely posh however my dad will always be "daddy" to me.

My mum however is just plain old "mum" or "mam" grin

Skinidin Fri 01-Jan-16 02:19:02

40 not 49! Nearer 69 in actual fact :D

I am slightly posh tbh.

corlette Fri 01-Jan-16 02:56:23

Mmm, I'm 41 and I still call her mammy.
I also call her "mamble", "mamsicle" and my personal favourite "mammary" because she hates it grin.
We are most definitely not posh.

corlette Fri 01-Jan-16 03:03:00

Oh and "Mambo No 5"

Canyouforgiveher Fri 01-Jan-16 03:09:24

Surely one may call their mother whatever they want?

exactly. What is it to anyone? I called my mum and dad mummy and daddy quite a bit when I/they were older and I really don't give a shit if it grated on anyone.

kungpopanda Fri 01-Jan-16 03:11:11

I get called it from time to time (in 50s, adult offspring) and I hate it as much now as I liked it when they were little. But it is done to wind me up, particularly in public: if they actually want something - like a civilised conversation or financial rescue - then they revert to my preferred term.

CaoNiMao Fri 01-Jan-16 03:19:25

Posh folk, innit?

"Mummy" I can just about deal with. "Mumma" makes me physically ill.

Canyouforgiveher Fri 01-Jan-16 03:25:43

Mumma" makes me physically ill.

You have a remarkably weak stomach - I'd get that seen to if I were you.

I'm not posh. I'm not even British. but I think anyone who judges me for what I call my parents is an ass.

Tinklebinkle Fri 01-Jan-16 03:35:13

My dh is Irish, his family use mammy & daddy all the time. I think it's odd, but I understand it's a cultural thing. My dm would hate it, I would love it, if my dcs called me mammy. They don't though so never mind. I don't care what anyone else does though, each to their own. fgrin

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