10:00 am April 9, 2012, by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso
As a Georgia grad I was thrilled to see Bubba Watson win the Masters, but I also enjoyed the announcers just saying ‘Bubba.” (This New York paper seems also to enjoy using the word Bubba.)
Growing up in Georgia, lots of our friends were nicknamed Bubba. You routinely heard it yelled out the front door when it was time to come in for dinner. But when my kids were little I didn’t hear it anymore in the suburbs. (I suspect my cousins down in Savannah were still hearing it, and I know we would hear it in Gulf Shores on vacation.)
So now I am wondering with a Bubba winning the Masters will the nickname make a comeback in Atlanta? Will big-city Southern parents re-adopt the traditional nickname?
Is there a stigma with the nickname Bubba? Does it make you a “redneck?” Does Bubba Watson winning make you less embarrassed to use it? Do you already refer to your child as “Bubba?”
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