Me an Aunty??

“How many laps do you do in a day, Aunty?” The question was laced with admiration. And it was posed by a 22 year old. So, while the question pleased me, its last part was a bit irritating. (Even the pool assistant out there found it weird!) I mean, me a 37 year old is an aunty to a 25 year old? Hello, give me a break!

I don’t have any hang ups of being called an Aunty by school going kids or teens, it’s almost endearing to hear this from them. But I certainly have issues if adults do so. It’s not just vanity. It’s just not right and sometimes pretty embarrassing too.

Aunty suggests somebody who is at least a whole generation older than you. I would reserve the word Aunties or Uncles for people who are my parents’ age.

Addressing somebody older by her first name, or Ma’m or even a Didi (in Indian context) is much acceptable and surely will never exasperate anybody.

I know, some of you would be unfazed by all this ‘Aunty’ and ‘Uncle’ business, but there are many out there like me who are certainly peeved at this!

I suggest that people use these words with prudence.
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8 thoughts on “Me an Aunty??

  1. Very well said … People shud actually watch their words before addressing anyone..Sems everybody around wants to claim how young they r by addressing others wid such lables…!!

    Moni

  2. How about calling this 22 yr old … sooo… sweet kid !!! that was really nice… see he/she’ll never call you Aunty…. but the truth is harsh ppl are like that now-a-days if you cross 30 you become Uncle/Aunty….
    PS: Got this one from Indivine 😀

  3. Lol, I have seen a 40 year old lady address a 50-year old man ‘Uncle’ here in this blog world and when I read that I nearly died laughing. I mean I don’t know what she thought she was achieving. Hehehe… I have some people pretty young, only as old as my own children calling me Didi sometimes and yet there are those just 10-15 years younger calling me ‘Aunty’ I suppose they want to impress upon me that they aren’t anywhere near my age group!! 😛 😉 But most everyone in the blog world call me by my name whatever their age and I don’t mind that either. Makes things easier.

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