“Sweetie, Granny had a stroke.”
You get a call from your mother late at night. She tells you this bad news about your grandmother.
Sweetie, Granny had a stroke.
"Sweetie" is a name that you can call someone. Here are some examples of who calls who "sweetie":
- Mothers can call their children "sweetie"
- A father can call his daughters "sweetie", but probably not his sons.
- Teachers might call their students "sweetie" if the students are very young, like 8 years old or lower.
- Some gay men call their friends and various other people "sweetie".
- Some older women call anyone younger than them "sweetie", even strangers.
- You can call your boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife "sweetie".
"Granny" is a name that people often use for a grandmother.
English speakers actually use lots of different names for their grandmothers, like
A "stroke" is a health emergency that happens when blood doesn't reach part of a person's brain. When this happens to someone, you say that they "are having a stroke":
I think he's having a stroke! Someone call an ambulance!
Some people who have a stroke die from it. Others who survive have problems like paralysis (part of their body doesn't move anymore) and speech problems.