Why do people sometimes refer to their parents as their folks?
My best friend always refers to his parents as his folks..I don't think it's a cultural thing because he and I both grew up in Las Vegas. I always say parents.
- dripLv 76 months agoFavorite Answer
Even though you grew up in the same city it still can be cultural. I grew up near Chicago and have many southern colloquiums in my language. My mom is from Kentucky and her whole family still lives there. Her and our trips visiting family are apart of my background. I grew up hearing certain terms and words from the south that I still use now.
- FoofaLv 76 months ago
If I had to guess I'd suggest that maybe his parents aren't from Vegas and come from the south or the midwest where that colloquialism is common. He probably learned it from his "folks".
- PatriciaLv 76 months ago
It's just another word for parents. No big deal.
- bluebellbkkLv 76 months ago
It's just a friendly, informal, colloquial way to say 'parents'.
Oh by the way, it doesn't always mean ONLY your parents. Depending on the context, it can also be used to mean your family in general.
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- AnnLv 76 months ago
Here in TX, it's what people refer to when they mean their parents. It's not disrespectful.
- PearlLv 76 months ago
cause they are their folks
- BearLv 76 months ago
I call my mother the 'Coffin Dodger'.
- susieLv 76 months ago
I think it is a lovely term, it implies a certain closeness.
- CogitoLv 76 months ago
It's just a very commonly used expression.
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