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Old 10-13-2021, 08:52 PM   #241
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Revive this thread because I came across a situation in 2 books recently read and would like to hear opinions about this

Do people in real life that are in the middle of taking a shower stop mid shower to go answer the door because someone rings the bell?

How about leaving the shower to answer the phone?

For me finishing the shower is more important than rushing trailing water and suds to go to the door, or the phone, whoever that is can wait or came back later.
No, I wouldn't be able to hear the shower. I can't even hear the door from my bedroom because i have window AC

However, I will say that I get interrupted A LOT by my parents who live across the street when I am in the bath and have to get out of it a lot due to this. It's annoying.
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Old 10-14-2021, 05:46 AM   #242
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Judging by your answers this is indeed a «Thing that are common in fiction but not in your real life».
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Does anyone here refer to their own parents by their first names? I see this in books but everyone I know in real life refers to their parents as Mom or Dad (or some equivalent).
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Does anyone here refer to their own parents by their first names? I see this in books but everyone I know in real life refers to their parents as Mom or Dad (or some equivalent).
No, but wasn't that a thing in the seventies?
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Does anyone here refer to their own parents by their first names? I see this in books but everyone I know in real life refers to their parents as Mom or Dad (or some equivalent).
Not when I grew up (50's-60's). My parents were 'Pop' and 'Mom' till the day they died.
But now, it seems quite common, even at a real young age.
And we always referred to our friends parents as "Mr or Mrs" well into our teens.
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Does anyone here refer to their own parents by their first names? I see this in books but everyone I know in real life refers to their parents as Mom or Dad (or some equivalent).
I think it started in the 1930s or maybe 1950s. It's a particular socio-politcal demographic in England and never much caught on in Wales, Scotland, NI or Ireland. I think it's still rare on these Islands.

Mum is more common than Mom (UK & Ireland), but some areas it's Mam, Mummy or Mammy. Dad, Daddy.
Father, Pater, Mother, Mater tend to be more upper class, or sometimes used by Step-Children or Children-in-law of any class.
Also in Ireland there is mamaí (mammy) and daidí (daddy), which might explain why some less Irish speaking areas use mummy rather than mammy.
A mummified corpse is ‘mumaí’ [masculine]
Scottish is mamaidh, dadaidh [Pronounced: mammie, daddie]

It's very much related to "class" and geographic area. Class is of much more significance in England in terms of language and pronunciation.
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