There are 45 ways to utter the word Dad in various languages.
- Yiddish : tatti ; tay ; foter ; tateh
- Welsh : tad
- Venetian : pare ; popà ; ‘opà ; pupà ; papà
- Turkish : baba
- Spanish : papá ; viejo ; tata
- Swahili : baba ; mzazi
- Swedish : pappa
- Slovak : otec
- Slovenian : ôèe
- Sicilian : patri
- Sanskrit : tàtah ; janak
- Russian : papa
- Romanian : tata ; parinte ; taica
- Polish : tata ; ojciec
- Portuguese : pai
- Persian/Farsi : pedar, pitar ; simply baabaa
- Norwegian : pappa ; far
- Nepali : buwa
- Maori : haakoro ; kohake
- Marathi : baba
- Malay : bapa
- Latvian : tevs
- Latin : pater ; papa ; atta
- Lithuanian : tevas ; pradininkas ; protevis
- Korean: abonim, aboji, appa
- Japanese : otosan, papa
- Italian : babbo
- Irish : athair ; daidí
- Indonesian : bapa ; ayah ; pak
- Hungarian : apa ; apu ; papa ; édesapa
- Hindi : papa ; pita-ji
- Hebrew : abba(h)
- German : banketi, papi
- French : papa
- Finnish : isä
- Filipino : tatay, itay, tay ; ama
- Estonian : isa
- English : father ; dad ; daddy ; pop ; poppa ; papa
- Dutch : vader ; papa ; pappie
- Czech : táta, otec
- Croatian : otac
- Bosnian : otac
- Brazilian Portuguese : pai
- Arabic : babba ; yebba ; abbi (classical)
- Afrikaans : vader
No matter what you call your dad, but showing him the respect and love for all that he has done for you will speak a thousand words.
A Mom and a Dad are the pre-requisites for life for all human beings. Most are fortunate to get their love and attention, and there are some, who don't.
A Dad is supposed to be the bread earner of the family, and he always takes on the responsibility for keeping his family safe and happy. He is expected to be the IRON-MAN of his family, and the children dote on him. He is never supposed to cry, and he can withstand all the extreme calamities of the universe. Children love him, and they want to be like him in the future to come. Most children take up the profession of their Dads since they adore all that he does. Such is the wonder of a Papa.
I had a similar Dad, who was as strong as Super-Man and was as fierce as a hurricane. Nothing could bend him over in his life but when he was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer at Stage 4. I could see all the above disappear into thin air. He bent to this disease gracefully but fought it, till the end. He could not take the burden of being dependent on people and always struggle with a brave heart and a smile. He had this strong urge to go back to work and had his briefcase next to the bed that used to inspire him day in and out. The disease had spread to his bones that made his pain unbearable. He used to have tears in his eyes because of the pain, but the strong urge to get better and get on with his LIFE was contagious. There were times, we used to give in, but seeing his determination to fight it; made us say motivating words to him. Until the end, he was making plans for visiting places but, towards his last few hours left on this planet, he realized that the Almighty had something else in store for him so, he made sure he rewarded all the Attendants who looked after him in the hospital and bid them Adios with a peaceful expression on his face and a gentle smile.
He was a Great and a Strong father yet gentle at heart. He made sure his children got the best of education, best of clothing, were in the best of behavior at all times. His addiction to BEST is now understood. He could never say NO to any of us including his business associates and today they remember him as one of a kind persons who made sure all deals went through even if he were at a loss. Like all dads, father regarded his work as his worship, and he did a terrific job in that. He had a significant share of ups and downs in it but, never did he call it quits. Some duped him but, he forgave them and carried on with his work and life. I never saw him take a U-Turn and give up on things. He was always at his work whether rain or shine duped or success from his job. I am proud to be his daughter, and I pray that his soul rests in peace since he went through enough turmoil in this lifetime BUT with a SMILE. I am hoping I can adapt some key points from his attitude towards life.
Adios and farewell Papa, You will be dearly missed, and I am so proud to be your daughter!