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May 07, 2010

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Diasporique

My family is from the deep south and "mama" is used with little girls, elderly women, and young women alike. I wouldn't equate it to "Mr." or "Ms." unless you're speaking to an elder and want to be respectful.

We use "Papa" but it's usually either affectionate with little boys, or respectful for elderly men. Otherwise, we don't use Papa as much.

It's interesting to see that this Kongo tradition has still survived in African-Americans. We must preserve it.

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