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8 October, 2006

Formal relativity

I was reminded last night that I always spoke of my maternal grandmother as 'my grandmother' or, to my mother, as 'your mother'.  I don't recall how I addressed her directly; I'm not sure used any name or title.  I wasn't brought-up to use 'Grandma', and 'Nana' struck me as childish even when I was a child; I'd ceased using it by the age of eleven.

Similarly, and for overlapping reasons, my mother is always 'my mother' in the third person and I address her as 'Mother', never 'Mum'. That'd just feel wrong.
Does that imply a certain intellectual distance, even an emotional barrier?

Only imply?

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