A nickname for Aunt Jemima that is considered derogatory is "mammy." The mammy archetype depicts a smiling, overweight Southern black woman domestic who served in plantation households.
According to the Quaker Oats Company, who owns the Aunt Jemima brand, the Aunt Jemima name has been used for over 120 years, since 1889. Four black women were hired throughout the years to portray the character at various promotions, including the Chicago World's Fair in 1933. In 1989, Quaker gave Aunt Jemima a modern homemaker image by removing her kerchief, showing a curly hairdo and giving her pearl earrings and a lace collar.Learn More
You call your mother's aunt your great aunt. When referring to the aunt, her name is usually simply preceded by the title, as in "Aunt Mary."Full Answer >
A grand-aunt or grand-uncle is the sibling of your grandparent, while great-aunts and great-uncles are further removed. However, "grand" and "great" are often used interchangeably.Full Answer >
In "To Kill a Mockingbird," Aunt Alexandra, Atticus Finch's older sister, comes to stay with Atticus and the children so that Scout can have a "feminine influence." She takes over as the female head of the household and thinks that the presence of Calpurnia, the Finch's long-time maid, is no longer necessary.Full Answer >
The nickname for the element mercury is "quicksilver." Mercury's atomic symbol, Hg, is derived from the Greek word "hydrargyrum," which means "liquid silver." It is the only metal that is a liquid at room temperature.Full Answer >