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To find it odd my brother still calls family friends

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AdrienneVole Tue 15-Nov-16 17:58:43

Auntie and Uncle? hmm

Mostly they are a very distant relative but he calmly tells me he saw Auntie Carol and Uncle Colin in Tesco.

I am 35 and he is 38 ffs! grin

AmeliaJack Tue 15-Nov-16 18:03:11

What's wrong with him telling you "calmly" how else should he speak to you?

As for the auntie and Uncle thing, it's just habit. Why should it bother you?

Redglitter Tue 15-Nov-16 18:05:44

I'm in my 40s and still have an aunt & uncle who I refer to as Aunt Mary and Uncle Bob. It would seem strange to call them by just their names after all this time. I still refer to my mums sister as Aunt Jean too

NattyTile Tue 15-Nov-16 18:06:00

I do too, and I'm older than him!

WorraLiberty Tue 15-Nov-16 18:08:15

I'm 47 and still do this grin

TheCakes Tue 15-Nov-16 18:08:37

I call my best friend's Aunty Ann, Aunty Ann. She's not my aunty.

Andrewofgg Tue 15-Nov-16 18:09:17

DW did this during the whole life of some of the people who had been her parents' adult friends. I refused to call them Uncle or Auntie, of course, they had not been a part of my childhood.

KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Tue 15-Nov-16 18:09:25

It's odd at any age.

Allthebestnamesareused Tue 15-Nov-16 18:09:29

I'm 52 and call my parents best friends Auntie name and Uncle name (in their 70s) still as we have always called them that and actually they are closer than some real aunts! Why would it bother you?

However Mummy and Daddy should only be used if you're under 10!

Grilledaubergines Tue 15-Nov-16 18:11:57

Why odd?

Can't see anything odd about it. I Still prefer to use aunty and uncle when talking about the aunty or uncle.

I don't think it odd if others don't.

ToTheCrystalDome Tue 15-Nov-16 18:12:22

I'm 38 and still do it. Just the other week I saw my aunt and my mum laughed and said "I really don't think you need to call X auntie any more!" but I said it just sounded too weird to just call her by her first name after all these years!

notangelinajolie Tue 15-Nov-16 18:13:20

I have an Aunty Joan who isn't related to me. She was our next door neighbour when we were growing up and I could never think of her as just Joan.

LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett Tue 15-Nov-16 18:15:06

I do this too! It sounds odd and terribly daring to me when I occasionally drop the names. It's just habit.

DH thinks I'm mad, in his family they don't even call real aunts and uncles aunt and uncle!

itsgottabeblackorwhite Tue 15-Nov-16 18:18:22

I have a 40 year old friend who calls her mother mummy.

DonaldStott Tue 15-Nov-16 18:19:38

We have had this debate a few times. My siblings and I always call our aunties and uncles auntie x and uncle x.

My dh thinks we are weird grin.

Bestthingever Tue 15-Nov-16 18:20:03

I do it too and would find it weird to call them by their first names.

golfbuggy Tue 15-Nov-16 18:20:17

Maybe he's doing it to distinguish them from all the other Colins and Carols you know?

DonaldStott Tue 15-Nov-16 18:20:21

Oh and just to add, we range in age from 30 up to 46.

toldmywraath Tue 15-Nov-16 18:22:22

I can top thatitsgotta I have a friend in her late 50s who calls her mother mummy. Makes me cringe a little.

Nothing wrong with referring to family friend as auntie or uncle OP. I do it.

emwithme Tue 15-Nov-16 18:24:47

No, because Aunty Wendy (mum's best friend) is still Aunty Wendy (and Uncle Colin would be Uncle Colin if he wasn't dead) and will still be Aunty Wendy even when she is 90 and I am 55. (Aunty Maureen is also Aunty Maureen, but strangely enough Uncle Noel is now just Noel.)

I cannot contemplate calling them by anything other than Aunty. It's just weird, even though I totally remember Aunty Wendy being my age (because when she was my age she was a Proper Grown Up and I am just faking it)

Chottie Tue 15-Nov-16 18:27:36

I have an auntie who I call auntie and I'm a DGM smile

WeAreUglyButWeHaveTheMusic Tue 15-Nov-16 18:28:56

I call my friend's mum Nanny <her name>. She's not my Nanny and I didn't know her as a child.

I'm in my 40s.

user1479139212 Tue 15-Nov-16 18:29:00

It's called being respectful OP.

We do the same.

ToTheCrystalDome Tue 15-Nov-16 18:29:20

We have a customer at work who calls her mum 'mummy' and she's in her 60s....

Iwannabelikecommonpeople Tue 15-Nov-16 18:29:31


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