An honorific is a conventional word, title, or grammatical form that signals respect,politenessor social deference. The honorific is also known as a courtesy title or an address term. Compared to other countries we don’t use a lot of honorifics. Common ones are Mr., Mrs., Miss., Professor, Your Honor, Doctor, Ma’am, and Sir.
Interestingly enough, Ma’am and Sir are mostly used in the South, which is where I’m from. I’ve grown up hearing and using these particular titles.
And of course in our families we use titles to show respect and politeness and to signify the relationship between two people.
I always called my mother Mama and my father Daddy. My grandparents were Ma and Pa. Am I giving away my age with that last one? After I was married my children called my mother and father Grandma and Grandpa.
I only had one sister, and you might expect that my children might call my sister Aunt Anne, but they didn’t. They called her Anne. It was the same way when I was a child. I called my aunts and uncles by their name with no title. I didn’t have an Aunt Ruth. I just had Ruth. I have no idea if this is a typical way to do things or not, but it was the way we did it, and in the present day we still do.
In my family my kids call me Mom and my husband Dad, but everyone else, the daughters-in-law and the grandkids, call us Grandma and Grandpa. My husband sometimes calls me Grandma, and sometimes I call him Grandpa, and unless I’ve forgotten something this is all the titles that we use.
What about your family? Do you use titles or not?
The picture is of our family vacation in 2016.