What does jiji mean in Japanese?

My father and his siblings called their dad that and one of my Japanese teachers said it was a derogatory way to say old man. None of the kids spoke Japanese but I know my grandfather did but since his parents were the ones who left Japan maybe he didn't know it was derogatory? Or maybe it means something else-I'm just not sure but it bugs me.

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  • 9 years ago
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    elderly, male. or a grandfather. and as far as the derogatory connentation, it depends on how its said. i can call my dad old man and he'll hear 'dad' but if i yell at him "listen here old man" he will take offense to the adjectives.

    and it's disrespectful to call an elder jiji in japan. that's a whole new book though. it's a cultural thing, based solely on respect.

    Source(s): japanese.
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    4 years ago

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    My father and his siblings called their dad that and one of my Japanese teachers said it was a derogatory way to say old man. None of the kids spoke Japanese but I know my grandfather did but since his parents were the ones who left Japan maybe he didn't know it was derogatory? Or maybe it...

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  • 9 years ago

    jiiji is a intimate way of calling a grand father.

    jijii is a very rude way of calling an old man.

    baaba is a intimate way of calling a grandmother.

    babaa is a very rude way of calling an old woman.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    smily face

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