A sugar daddy was first documented as being an elderly man who lavishes gifts on a young woman.
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Why the word ‘daddy’ is similar the world over

Infant speech acquisition patterns have formed similar parental names for millennia but ‘sugar daddies’ came along only in the early 1900s

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A sugar daddy was first documented as being an elderly man who lavishes gifts on a young woman.
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Lisa Lim

Lisa Lim

Lisa Lim has worked in Singapore, Britain, Amsterdam and Sri Lanka, and until June 2018 was Associate Professor and Head of the School of English at the University of Hong Kong, where she still holds an Honorary position. She now is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. She is co-editor of the journal Language Ecology, founder of the website linguisticminorities.hk, and co-author of Languages in Contact (Cambridge University Press, 2016).