What do you call your grandmother?

  1. Granny would be pretty universal. And although you didn't ask, my top tip, if you want to write her authentically, would be to decide on that location. Language, phrases and phrasing vary enormously over Scotlands geography, so the first thing is do I'd decide where she is from and take it from there. Some of the worst "Scottish character" writing results from mixing words and phrases from an array of Scottish locations.

  2. 2nd this! Maybe find out where you want your character to be from unless you want her to sound like Groundskeeper Willie (who is awsome btw but he's all over the shop. Sometimes he's from Glasgow or Dundee or the Highlands somewhere). Sometimes accents & dialect vary as little as 20 miles apart.

  3. I think you're spot on with that advice. I know that being from the US there's not many people who understand the logistics behind the variances in speech that exist there so I'm trying to put in the effort to get the most authentic character I can.

  4. Probably best writing advise for anyone making a Scottish character at all. Nothing hurts more than a fake Glaswegian accent saying “dae ye ken like” or I went ouer there ay.

  5. I'm sorry to hear man. My grandmother was my best friend. Hopefully the good memories of her will comfort you through everything.

  6. Ah sorry to hear this man. Mine has been gone over 25 years and I still think of her daily, and dream of her often. Such a special place in our hearts. Yours sounds cracking, and a life well lived

  7. My grandmother from Hamilton was granny and our Channel Islander grandmother was grandma, which suited them both fine as that's what they knew from their youth.

  8. My mother's mother was so up herself, she insisted that we called her aunty Maggie. My mother just called her 'the auld yin in Lochgilphead'.

  9. Granny/grandad, but with a specifier on the end. We have a granny Montrose, a grandad McKenzie, and a granny apples (she has apple trees).

  10. My Gran is 96, 5'6 and always wears a cardigan, loves a good natter and will feed you within an inch of your life if you enter her house, don't expect to leave without taking something from the cake plate. Will also tell you some random facts about a person from down the street you have never met "you know Moria from down the street...." No I don't actually.

  11. My one that died when I was 5 was grandma and the one that died when I was 11 was grunnie (Aberdeenshire)

  12. Granny on one side and grandma on the other. Done just to differentiate them. Granny is so much more natural though and what I associate with a grandmother every single time.

  13. I have a Granny and had a Granna (she passed away a few years ago). I’m from Lanarkshire and they both were born and raised here.

  14. My grannies both are still alive in their 90s and still both called granny. One is granny f and the other is granny c. My kids call their grannies gaggy and babcia.

  15. I'm 35 and I stall call her my granny. It annoys me there aren't more choices of birthday cards that day granny. Don't know anyone in Scotland that refers to theirs as their "Nan" but there's always plenty of those cards on the shelves. Maybe because all the granny ones get bought first... I should really get her card in advance and not on the way to her house on her birthday. I feel I've learned something today.

  16. "Granny" on my dad's side, and "Granny Pat" on my mum's side. I think Pat is short for Patricia, but I couldn't really be sure because I've never asked, since was dead before I was born.

  17. I thought I'd see this way more....took a bit to scroll to this. I had a Nana as did most of my friends growing up. My kids say Granny Name 1 Granny Name 2....

  18. Granny. Gran. Sometimes when trying to distinguish between one granny or the other the second name will be used like “your gran Scott”.

  19. Granny Smith / Granny Jones to differentiate them from each other. Just Granny when talking to them. My kids are the same but it’s Granny First Name not surname.

  20. Gran when one to one. Granny when I felt like I had to distinguish one from the other with their name e.g. Granny MacDonald.

  21. Ken you've probably aridy picked een, But either gran or granny is fit I say. Our great granny used to be "Great Gran"

  22. I find it weird op went with Gran in the end, deffo would say Granny is most common in Scotland. I’ve never personally met anyone that didn’t call their granny granny (cause she’s yer mammys mammy)

  23. Ayrshire. Gran. She cooked- a lot. All fantastic food. Cooked lunch, cooked tea (or 'dinner', as you might know it), while also cooking soup and making things like tablet, toffee, and/or cakes and sponges between those meal times.

  24. I said Granny. I know a lot of people who had a Nana though. Some people had a Gran or Granny on one side and a Nana on the other to differentiate.

  25. My grandmother is from Scotland. I call her grandma, but she said she really wanted to be called granny but couldn't convince toddler me, so it didn't catch on.

  26. Granny was always what I called my grandmother growing up! But I think it depends on age too. “Granny” reminds me of a 70 year old granny, and “Nana” is for a late 40s - early 50s gran 😂

  27. I called mine Ma, she was Irish and that was just what my mum and her brothers and sisters called her. Same with my granda, called him Da for the same reason

  28. My husband‘s family calls one 'granny' and the other one 'nana', which I find very helpful as it helps knowing who he‘s talking about!

  29. Granny, but I've got pals who have called theirs nana or nan. I think that's more of as North of England incursion but I could be wrong.

  30. One was Gran (mum’s mum) and the other Granny (dad’s) to differentiate between them. My own mum refused to be called either so was known as Bibi.

  31. I call my granny “Ma” which I think is uniquely Scottish. I have an absolutely fine relationship with my own mother so it’s not to replace her if you know what I mean. I love it but it does get people confused 😂

  32. I only had one grandmother growing up on my mother’s side and I called her Nana. My best friend calls her maternal grandmother Gran :) We’re both from the Highlands!

  33. Was was Gran or Granny. The other was Nan or Nanny. Gran was English and more "stiff upper lip". Nanny was Irish/Scottish. Much more down to earth.

  34. My grandmother was from Scotland and we called her Oma! But we're in the US and my grandfather was from Germany, so...

  35. Always Gran forever and eternally, my gran is a chain smoking, government worker that is way too obsessed with plants for her own good lol. Love her to bits

  36. Its not uncommon to refer to "yer auld granny", but you wouldn't directly call her that, and its more common to say it about a deceased gran.

  37. My Dad's Mum was grandma. She smoked like a chimney, drank a lot of gin, was working class and was tall with sharp features.

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