WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Daddy

Although relatively young in the pantheon of official American observances, Father’s Day has been long maligned as a “made-up” holiday. Well … it is, and aren’t they all? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

I think we can safely allow the third Sunday of June to be dedicated solely to honoring fathers without missing out on honoring everything and everyone else that needs an accolade. After all, the rest of this week will see World Music Day (21st), Onion Rings Day (22nd), Public Service Day (23rd), Pralines Day (24th), Strawberry Parfait Day (25th), and Canoe Day (26th).

To borrow and skewer a phrase from another ridiculously disputed holiday: it’s okay to say Happy Father’s Day. Even using Georgian slang and portraiture.

Daddy (noun)

Father. Old daddy; a familiar address to an old man.

The Baillie Family c.1784 by Thomas Gainsborough, Tate Museum. I love the expression on this father's face!

The Baillie Family c.1784 by Thomas Gainsborough, Tate Museum. I love the expression on this father’s face!

Jonkheer Gijsbert Carel Rutger Reinier van Brienen van Ramerus with his wife Geertruijd Elisabeth de Graeff and their four eldest children by Adriaan de Lelie, 1804, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Jonkheer Gijsbert Carel Rutger Reinier van Brienen van Ramerus with his wife Geertruijd Elisabeth de Graeff and their four eldest children by Adriaan de Lelie, 1804, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck with his Wife and Children by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, between1801-1802, Rijksmuseum Amseterdam

Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck with his Wife and Children by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, between1801-1802, Rijksmuseum Amseterdam

The Bridges Family by John Constable, 1804, Tate Museum

The Bridges Family by John Constable, 1804, Tate Museum

The Family of Sir William Young by Johann Zoffany, about 1787-1769, Walker Art Gallery

The Family of Sir William Young by Johann Zoffany, about 1787-1769, Walker Art Gallery

Thomas Tyndall with Wife and Children by Thomas Beach (1738-1806), University of Bristol

Thomas Tyndall with Wife and Children by Thomas Beach (1738-1806), University of Bristol

Portrait d'une Famille, Jean-Baptiste Isabay (1767-1855), J Veysset collection

Portrait d’une Famille, Jean-Baptiste Isabay (1767-1855), J Veysset collection

 

This week’s timely slang found in the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

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