More Grandmomisms: Chookie, Papa Chubby, Kinky, Dibba Dibba, Bob K’mere and Hootie

Grandmomisms are starting to catch on.
pexels-photo-230325.jpegAfter my first More Stuff blog on all the wacky, fun, sweet names kids call their grandparents (AKA: Grandmomisms), my friend Gina Smith told me about Chookie. It seems Chookie was her grandmother’s childhood nickname. “Somehow we found out, and started calling her Mama Chook or Chookie.”

Perhaps Chookie liked chocolate chip cookies (who doesn’t), and Chookie was a way to condense these three words. Those Keebler elves better not steal Chookie’s name!

Dave Knight sent me: Papa Chubby.

hands-walking-stick-elderly-old-person.jpgI asked him how Papa Chubby got his name and: “I don’t know if there’s a story beyond his appearance. He’s, shall we say, rotund.”

I guess Papa Chubby is better than the Great Rotund one, or Grandpa Rotund. And yes, rotund is a fun word to say. And write.

Here are a few more Grandmomisms I’ve collected over the years…

Kinky

Here’s the story, from Lisa Hyatt Cooper: “Kinky first got her name from her younger sister, who had trouble saying her given name – Carina. By the time I was a teen-ager, everyone, including her children, called her Kinky.”

Aha, another childhood nickname that has became a Grandmomism. Could it be a trend?

Dibba Dibba

fiddler1This one is from Phyllis Czop and involves a beloved Broadway musical. When Phyllis’s granddaughter was 2, she and the kid watched Fiddler On the Roof and, naturally, Phyllis couldn’t resists singing along to If I Were A Rich Man. You know…

If I were a rich man
Ya ba dibba dibba dibba dibba dibba dibba dum
All day long I’d biddy biddy bum
If I were a wealthy man
I wouldn’t have to work hard
Ya ba dibba dibba dibba dibba dibba dibba dum
If I were a biddy biddy rich
Yidle-diddle-didle-didle man

Bob K’mere

This one comes from Tammy Skiermat who told me that “when I was just starting to talk, I called my grandfather Bob K’mere. This was because my Gramma would always call for him by saying, ‘Bob, come here.’”

It seems that Bob was very obedient and always came here when commanded.

Grandma Hootie

pexels-photo-220097.jpegCatharine Kinter collected owls, lots and lots of owls, and well, owls like to go “hoot.”

OK, that’s it. Please send me your Grandmomisms (steve.wartenberg@gmail.com). And Grandpopisms. And the stories behind the names.

FYI: The photo of the handsome older man under the Dibba Dibba heading is actually my father, doing a Tevye impression. And, his grandfather name is Uppie (a story for another day and post).

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