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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GRANNY

So I will, plase your honour, my lard; sure I've a right to know, for she's my own granny.

Oh, how glad you must have felt when you saw him home again, safe and sound, dear granny.

He looks triumphantly at granny as much as to say, 'Observe me; I'm not going to say a word about him.'

Granny signs to the Colonel and he immediately says, with remarkable cunning, 'Oh—that!

Granny signs to them to go, and Barbara, kisses both the Colonel's hands.

"'Grandmother,' dear; not 'Granny,'" said Mrs. Herriton, giving her a kiss.

Reach me the Testament, granny, there's a verse I'll read to you.'

I'll tell you how it was, granny, that I got not to be frightened to die.

I went around to all the houses Granny knew, but they didn't want a girl.

For her "Granny's" clawed talons were upon her shoulder, pulling her back.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s, according to OED, most likely a diminutive and contraction of grannam, shortened form of grandame, rather than from grandmother. The sailor's granny knot (by 1803, originally granny's knot, so called because "it is the natural knot tied by women or landsmen" [Smyth, "Sailor's Word-Book," 1867]. Granny Smith apples (1895) named for Maria Ann Smith (d.1870) of Australia, who originated them.

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