Folks = parents?
April 21, 2014 9:19 AM Subscribe
Where you live, or where you grew up, do people commonly refer to their parents as "my folks"? Would that phrasing sound odd to you, or stand out in any way, if, say, a coworker used it?
posted by mudpuppie to Writing & Language (89 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I grew up hearing "my folks" often used in place of "my parents" (born and raised in Texas, but my parents are from the Midwest). In fact, I think I pretty much always refer to my parents that way. But a California native recently told me that it sounds odd to them, and almost intentionally too-casual. ("Folksy," even!)
Now I'm curious about whether it's a regionalism, or an anachronism, or what. Please provide anecdata?