Me an Aunty??
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.