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Posted: 19 July 2007 07:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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On a related (literally) subject, I note that according to Google, despite British preference for mum over ma for one’s female parent, it’s very different one generation back - grandma massively outperforms grandmum in UK-only ghits (763,000 to 1,970) and is not that far behind granny (1.09m UK-only ghits) - and yet the earliest “British” reference to grandma (as opposed to grandmama etc) the OED can find is Finnegans Wake in 1939 (!) (William James is the earliest US source for grandma, in 1867). Granny goes back at least as far as Dryden, who spelled it “grannee”, according to the OED

The US/rest of the English-speaking world also seems to overwhelmingly prefer grandma (21m global ghits) to grandmom (268,000 global ghits), while globally granny falls back to second place (15m ghits, of which quite a lot are for Granny Smith apples and the like useages ...)

Sadly, working out hits for “gran” is complicated by the existence of the Spanish adjective, and I can’t be bothered to try to eliminate that useage by searching for “my gran”, “your gran”, “his gran” and the rest ...

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Posted: 19 July 2007 08:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Grandmum is not used in the UK, at or used so infrequently as to negligible. Gran or granny are the usual terms, at least in my experience.

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Posted: 19 July 2007 08:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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My (American) aunt refers to her ‘grandbabies’

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Posted: 19 July 2007 10:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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Grandmum is not used in the UK, at or used so infrequently as to negligible. Gran or granny are the usual terms, at least in my experience.

Ah, Aldi, you’re forgetting (or perhaps you’re fortunate in being too youing to remember) the St Winifred’s School Choir and their 1980 UK smash hit There’s No One Quite Like Grandma:

Grandma, we love you
Grandma, we do
Though you may be far away
We think of you

... and so on ad nauseum or ad mortem ...

edited to emphasise relevant bit of quote

[ Edited: 20 July 2007 08:57 AM by Zythophile ]
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Posted: 19 July 2007 11:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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A propos Google and grandmothers:

“Granny porn” gets about 3 miilion Google hits

“Grandma porn” gets about 2 million Google hits

“Grandmother porn” gets rather more than 1 miilion Google hits

“Grandmom porn” gets less than 30 thousand Google hits.

“Grandmum porn” gets just 678 hits

It looks as though there are lots of grandmuvver-fuckers alive and well, living just about everywhere out there, but grandmoms should have little difficulty fending them off, and grandmums none at all......................

“Ripeness is all” (Edgar, King Lear, Act V, Scene 2)

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Posted: 19 July 2007 11:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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You left off the quote marks.  “Granny porn” as a phrase gets under 800,000 hits, “grandmum porn” none at all.

I have to erase my browser cache now.

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Posted: 19 July 2007 11:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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And “grand piano porn” gets three hits. There really is something for everyone on the net.

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Posted: 19 July 2007 12:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Indeed - I’m saddened to say there’s even one sicko hit for “baby grand piano porn” ...

... I wonder what all the above is going to do for THIS page in Google search rankings - confuse a lot of searchers after geriatric smut, I should think ...

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Posted: 19 July 2007 04:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Grandmum is not used in the UK, at or used so infrequently as to negligible.

Ah, Aldi, you’re forgetting (or perhaps you’re fortunate in being too youing to remember) the St Winifred’s School Choir and their 1980 UK smash hit There’s No One Quite Like Grandma

What does “There’s No One Quite Like Grandma” have to do with aldi’s point about “grandmum”?

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Posted: 20 July 2007 09:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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Sorry, I was responding specifically to the other half of the quote, “Gran or granny are the usual terms, at least in my experience”, and my point was meant to be that Grandma is quite common in the UK. Entry now edited to try to make that clearer ...

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Posted: 20 July 2007 09:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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Zythophile - 20 July 2007 09:00 AM

Sorry, I was responding specifically to the other half of the quote, “Gran or granny are the usual terms, at least in my experience”, and my point was meant to be that Grandma is quite common in the UK. Entry now edited to try to make that clearer ...

And in that respect you were quite right, zythophile, I neglected to mention grandma. And, alas, I am old enough to remember the song that you mentioned.

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