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Novel Nomenclature

13 Apr

Garima had asked me about the kind of names that Mantam use to address elders in the family. I had told her that I would do a post on it. Here I am with the names and their significance πŸ˜€ Let me begin with my nieces first.

When our elder niece Ummi was born, Ma (MIL) was in her late forties. She taught her grand daughter to call her Didi instead of Daadi and rest of the grand daughters followed suit. When Mantam and I used to travel by office bus in my previous organization, they used to keep aside some finger foods for Didi after eating. One day, a co-passenger asked me if I had three daughters? Although I explained her, I smiled and secretly thought, ‘In a way, yes’ πŸ˜€ She is just another kid at our home πŸ™‚

Next comes Abbas’s turn. Apparently Ma wished for a baby girl when she was pregnant with Abbas as she already had a son. But since he turned out to be a boy, she chose to give him a female nickname – Tumpa. Now this name Tumpa is so common among Bong girls that our housing in Kolkata had 4 Tumpas and Abbas being the only boy Tumpa :mrgreen: My co-sis’s nick name is also Tumpa. So when we speak to her parents, they say our Tumpa and your Tumpa πŸ™‚

When Ummi was small, she heard everyone calling Abbas as Tumpa. She began calling him ‘Pa’. My FIL had opposed coz ‘Pa’ means leg in Bengali but then Abbas preferred being called ‘Pa’ over ‘Chacha’ or ‘Kaka’. So both the nieces, Ummi and Mimmi call him Pa.

When Pa got married, Ummi began calling his wife ‘Aunty’. Again Pa didn’t like any conventional names. So he pestered his niece to call me ‘Pi’ and so we are now called PaPi when addressed jointly πŸ˜€

When Mantam were born, the question of how they will address BIL and co-sis came up. Ma suggested that since Ummi, Mimmi address us with ‘Hatke’ names, Mantam should not call them ‘Jethu’ and ‘Jethima’ as is the Bong norm. I said ‘They will call me Amma and Bhabi as Jamma’. Ma said ‘Ok then, Jamma and Jabba’. But Jabba reminded me of ‘Abba Jabba Dabba’ from the movie ‘Judaai’. Ma tranformed Jabba to Jumbo. Jumbo is synonymous with big, and since BIL is elder to Abbas, it sounded apt.

When we stayed with BIL and family, Tammu noticed that I address co-sis as Bhabi. She began calling her as ‘Bhabi’ too. Initially it used to sound so cute when she used to call her Bhabi and now she got habituated. But Mannu still calls her Jamma πŸ™‚

So there, we are a family with a fetish for out-of-the-boxΒ names.

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36 responses to “Novel Nomenclature

  1. Smitha

    April 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    That was so cute to read! The bunch of you are super cute πŸ™‚ And like how Ma got your niece to call her ‘Didi’ πŸ™‚ Reminds me of my aunt’s dad – he felt too young to be called ‘Ammachan'(maternal grandfather), so got his grandchildren to call him ‘GP’ – short for Grand Pa πŸ™‚

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 12:12 am

      Haha, GP is too cute. πŸ™‚

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  2. R's Mom

    April 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    What a sweet naming story is it πŸ™‚

    Tumpa is a very common Bong nick name…I know at least three of them πŸ™‚

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 12:11 am

      Yeah, very common πŸ™‚

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  3. NBose

    April 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Indeed out-of- box names…u forgot to mention Kalu & Bulu πŸ™‚

    BTW Abbas Bhai is not the only male Tumpa….my hubby is the another one…I think only two male Tumpa exist in this world πŸ˜€

    So what a ‘sinful’ couple …PaPi πŸ˜‰

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 12:11 am

      Hey NB, I remember you having told me about ur hubby also sharing the same nick name πŸ™‚ I guess they are the only two tumpas. How did he get his name by the way?

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  4. lifesong

    April 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Wow! Such interesting names for everyone πŸ™‚ Lol on PaPi … The entire family loves to give names and that is so sweet πŸ™‚ You have given interesting names to even you car and TV πŸ™‚ I like that πŸ™‚

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    • lifesong

      April 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Actually, I find giving special names to people in our lives makes them even more special to us πŸ™‚

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      • Seema

        April 18, 2012 at 12:09 am

        Yeah, I guess you are right πŸ™‚

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 12:10 am

      Hehe, we love Bulu, Kaalu, and Tulu too. We also have our dolls named. May be that will call for another post πŸ˜€

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  5. Gayatri

    April 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    That was fun reading about the names and the logic behind the naming πŸ™‚

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 12:09 am

      Glad you enjoyed reading our crazy nomenclature πŸ™‚

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  6. Laila

    April 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Interesting post and very interesting names too πŸ™‚

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 12:08 am

      Thanks Laila πŸ™‚

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  7. Roopa

    April 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Hahaha, you guys are funny! πŸ™‚

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 12:08 am

      Yes, that we are πŸ˜†

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  8. My Era

    April 14, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Wow! such cute nick names…thank you for this post…I am smiling like a crazy trying to imagine the fun kids in the house would create calling you and Abbas…PaPi πŸ˜† πŸ˜† and then Jamma-Jumbo πŸ˜†

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 12:08 am

      Sometimes they call us Pappi (as in kiss) too, and a few other times Paapi πŸ™„

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  9. Little Fingers

    April 14, 2012 at 12:53 am

    This is so much fun to have unique nick names for all the family members, love the way you came up with each name and history of few of them πŸ™‚

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 12:07 am

      Most of them are by Abbas. Glad you liked them πŸ™‚

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  10. Pepper

    April 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Very interesting and unconventional. I like!

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  11. anisnest

    April 15, 2012 at 12:58 am

    lovely names :).. you didn’t include Bulu, Tulu, Kaalu? these special unique names add so much affection to it right? My amma/appa are called as mummy/daddy by all the kids in our extended family.. πŸ™‚

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 12:06 am

      Err… Bulu is coz he is blue, Kaalu is coz he is black and Tulu was impromptu named by Abbas to rhyme with Bulu πŸ˜€

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  12. Ashwathy

    April 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    She is just another kid at our home πŸ™‚
    Few DILs are as lucky to be able to refer to their MIL this way πŸ™‚ Stay blessed!

    Our Tumpa and your Tumpa…LOL πŸ˜€

    PaPi !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Heheh

    This post is super cute πŸ™‚ Love it!

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 12:05 am

      Hehe, thanks Ash πŸ™‚

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  13. Nithvin

    April 18, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Hi Seema,
    Hopped here from RM’s post. Loved this post..such interesting names!
    Also read ‘Mantam-isms’..super cute they are!!

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Hey Nithvin,

      Welcome here. Glad you liked the posts. Hope to see you around πŸ™‚

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  14. summerscript

    April 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Hehehehe totally love these names and the reason behind each one of them πŸ˜€

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks SS πŸ˜€

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  15. lifeslittletwists

    April 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    VERY interesting. Read this the other day but couldnt comment 😦

    In our home too my granny didnt like being called Ajji – so I began to call her Amma and so did my bro πŸ™‚

    But everyone else- My God! what amazing ingenuity πŸ™‚

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      What did you call your Amma then?

      Hehe πŸ™‚

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      • lifeslittletwists

        April 19, 2012 at 10:42 am

        Amma-thi – coz her name ends with a “thi”! And granny was called by name and then Amma – J-Amma…

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        • Seema

          April 23, 2012 at 11:23 pm

          Wow, that’s super cute! Amma-thi and J-Amma πŸ˜€

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  16. techie2mom

    April 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Wow!!! Every time there was a new addition to your family you guys got really creative with the names!!!! & finally PaPi takes the cake………….

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