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kit the brave asked: What would little Roman kids call their fathers? Papa for “pater”?

In addition to pater, I know of the use of tata, tetta, and dada. Possibly papa, though “papa,” “pappa,” and “papae” had other meanings in Latin lingo—”feed me” in baby talk, “eating baby pap,” and “wow!”

Here’s an example of “tata” for “dad” in Martial:

Mammas atque tatas habet Afra, sed ipsa tatarum
Dici et mammarum maxima mamma potest

Loosely translated: “Afra is so old, she talks about her mom this and dad that, but she could be everybody’s grandma.”