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To: hoosiermama

That’s odd. I lived in HI for 14 years and never heard anyone called that. I heard “Tutu” used exclusively for grandparent, usually grandmother; “Auntie” is used frequently for an older female relative or family friend. Also, the Hawaiian accent accentuates the “t” sound in “Auntie” quite strongly, don’t see how it could possibly sound like “Annie”. I never heard “Autie” and “tutu” used together, and never heard “Toot” used instead of “tutu”.

Technically, “tutu wahine” means grandmother, and “tutu kane” grandfather, but generally “tutu” is used for grandmother. Maybe among Hawaiian speakers they use tutu wahine and tutu kane, but among the general public I didn’t hear it.


706 posted on 07/26/2012 8:06:26 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah
Yes, my hosts, who were eight generation Christian conservatives who lived on the big island explained the term for grandmother, grandfather etc. They did not call me any of those names and we weren't discussing those terms at this time here.
Thought it interesting but not relevant to this discussion.
My friend was called Aunti Tutu by her family. She was the youngest of the siblings had five older brothers no children but and all her nieces, nephew, great nieces and nephews all called her by that name. Had to ask her given name. No one called her by it. Even the neighbors and church friends referred to her by the name of endearment. And she is a dear loving sweet Christian woman.
711 posted on 07/26/2012 8:57:36 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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