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grandma

noun; other word formation type semantic change via metaphor
A woman in her twenties who goes to bed early, specifically before 10 o’clock. Speakers originally used “grandma” to refer to the mother of one’s father or mother. In modern society, people are constantly working long hours that cause them to go to bed early. Speakers eventually created and adopted a new definition of grandma to metaphorically refer to a young woman who goes to bed at an early hour. This new meaning of grandma compares a young woman to a woman of much older age because they go to bed earlier than most people. This term appears to have turned into a more negative tone. By calling a young woman a grandma, it is in a way insulting her or poking fun.
 
Katie, you’re going to bed at 8pm! You are such a grandma!
Etymology : Grandma from Old French “grand” meaning large, tall, grown-up
Source : Conversation between cousins. November 16, 2013
Last modified: 20 November 2013


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