Is grandma or grandmother capitalized?

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The word “grandma” or “grandmother” can be capitalized depending on how it is used in a sentence or title. When used generically in a sentence such as: “my grandma said to visit him,” then the word grandma is lowercase because it is a generic noun.

Correct: My grandma is the best.
Correct: My grandmother loves me.

However, if you are addressing your grandma directly, such as when asking a question, then you should capitalize the word grandma.

Correct: Can I go to the movies, Grandma?
Correct: Can I go to the movies, Grandmother?

The same holds true for any other names you might call your grandmother such as “papa” or “papap.”

 

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