> I used to call my grandfather "Ta"
I'm sure it was inspired by Slovak, Paul. The most common word for
"dad" is _tata_ or _tato_. Using only one syllable might have been
inspired by the English _Pa_ (and Ma), though, I don't think that ever
happens with the Slovak words for "father" and "mother." (BTW, thank
you for the description of how you make a substitute for bryndza.)
To add to _oci_ [otsi] that Julie noted: that actually became the root
of yet another derived word for "dad," _ocino_, which is a normal
noun, not an address form, and quite common.
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