Grandparents, such loved ones in some cases, and forgotten in so many others. We must never forget that someday we will be too. But beyond the importance of their presence for our lives, in this article we will talk about the ways to refer to them. In Mendoza it is very rare to hear that a grandson says “grandmother” or “abu” to his grandmother. It's just that, in fact, kinsmen are not used as proper names. Nor is the mother's brother called “uncle”, for example.
When we call our grandparents, they play a lot of their origin or that of their family. They are often called according to the country where they were born or where their parents came from. Many times we will hear that we say “Nona” and “Nono”, for those who came from Italy. Another option is to tell them “Tata”, for either of the two genres, as well as “Yaya”. Or, we just call them by name . It is colder and more distant, as if they were anyone, but it is a very rooted custom in Mendoza. If her name is Alejandra, it'll be “Ale.” If his name is Roberto, it'll be “Robert.” But it's still an unfriendly scene. A 4- or 5-year-old boy calling his grandfather by name, it's weird. But it's a reality in Mendoza.
As for grandparents who arrived, or have descent, from Spain, they are called “Yayo”. This applies only to the masculine, understanding that, like Argentines, the word “Yayo” has a certain graceful and rude connotation, starting from the character of the renowned television show.
Another way to tell grandparents is “Gueli.” This is, in fact, an excerpt from the pronunciation of the word “grandfather.” For both women and men, many Mendoza refer to their parents' father as “gueli”. It is a closer and affectionate way than the one described above.
The problem of immigrants
Although there are few, there are many grandparents or already deceased great-grandparents who came from Germany. There, grandpa says “opa” and grandma says “oma.” It tells the story that a young woman from Mendoza became a girlfriend with a young Mendoza, descendant of Germans. In fact, his grandfather lived in Mendoza. When they were chatting with each other, he told him that he had been in the house of the “opa”, to refer to his grandfather's house. Puzzled, the bride didn't say anything, but she wondered how her boyfriend would insult her grandfather like that. It's just that, in Mendoza's jargon, “opa” is a little fanned person , who rubs stupidity. Until one day, the girl advised her not to insult her grandfather. But he explained things to him and the woman began to call her boyfriend's grandparents the same way.
Argentino, mendocino. Licenciado en Comunicación Social y Locutor. Emisor de mensajes, en cualquiera de sus formas. Poseedor de uno de los grandes privilegios de la vida: trabajar de lo que me apasiona. Lo que me gusta del mensaje escrito es el arte de la imaginación que genera en el lector. Te invito a mis aventuras.