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SpringHeeledJack · 05/05/2011 21:23

Gran is v middle class, to my ear/mind. While Nan isn't.

(I had both. Actually, I had a Granny and a Nanna. I was told by a bf that Nanna was posh. He used to pronounce it Nannaar)

(mind you he had a Naaaaan. From Caaaaaamberwell. She wasn't posh, oh no.)

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Divawithattitude · 06/05/2011 23:01

and the bunions really made me laugh........................

onceamai · 06/05/2011 23:13

Thinking about this when the ds was born (he's now almost 6'). DH's mother who was originally working class but became a teacher said rather snootily "he can call be grandma Linda and your mother grandma Penelope (bit of a name change their but get the general gist). My mother, a bit posher but far less snooty, came back quick as a flash "he can call me Penny, I'm not that old grandma Linda" Grin.

usualsuspect · 06/05/2011 23:15

I'm a grandma

I've been over there

I'm not going back

onceamai · 06/05/2011 23:18

I tried a post about HRT because although not a grandma am far too ancient for here sometimes - it was all terribly complicated and wanted me to register properly.

1944girl · 06/05/2011 23:19

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Morloth · 07/05/2011 00:24

MIL is Grandma and Mum is Nanny.

I had two Nans.

BecauseImWorthIt · 07/05/2011 00:31

I have to disagree. My dad's parents were solidly working class. North East terraced housing, miner families and outside toilets. But she was my gran.

midlandsmumof4 · 07/05/2011 01:55

I had a Nan (my moms mom).....and so did my kids (my mom). OH had a Granny who more or less bought him up but who was actually his great nan because his maternal GM died before he was born. Granny sounds old and Grandma is just..Confused

midlandsmumof4 · 07/05/2011 01:57

I'm Nana Midlands

adhdmum · 07/05/2011 07:00

See biwi, I thinks it's a north south thing like I said earlier. I think nan or nanny is on the whole southern and ( normal/ common). And southern posh is granny. Northern normal is gran/ grandma. My theory anyway from my experience of the poor ne with outside toilets ( we grew up in that! Got my 1st indoor loo at age 12! Went to grandma's every Saturday for a bath).

Moved down south, married a southerner. Had to call MIL nanny (shudder).

Al0uiseG · 07/05/2011 08:41

The Queen is known as "Granny". Therefore Granny I'd posh, Nana is common.

Borrows Cods Gavel.

gkys · 07/05/2011 08:52

my mum used to say "I am a Gran, Nannys' are paid" so it was always gran

Al0uiseG · 07/05/2011 09:06

The upper classes and the working classes tend to have certain things in common. It's the Hyacinth Bucket Middles who can't bear to call a spade a spade and flowerise everything.

Flowerise - I just invented that, it's not a word Confused

QuickLookBusy · 07/05/2011 09:15

Agree with the regional thing.
I am from up north, I had 2 Grandmas. Granny was v common.
Now down south, down here Granny is posh.

I know someone who insists on being called Grandmama -I kid you not. Can just imagine when her little Grandson is 14 and he has ot tell his friends "This is my Grandmama." Poor thing.

gkys · 07/05/2011 09:21

AlOuise love flowerise Grin

my mum was a nanny for a few years before she could begin her training, am guessing thats where it came from, we called her "SuperGran"

GapsAGoodUn · 07/05/2011 09:25

I'm from a mixed family.

Northern w/class and southern w/class!

I had a Nanny Ben and a Nanny Jenny (named after their animals!).

Surely the crux of this is that your Dad's mum is almost always never as nice as your Mum's mum Wink

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