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Father’s Day words

Father’s Day is that day of the year on which fathers are particularly honoured by their children, usually with greeting cards and gifts. It was first observed in the state of Washington in 1910. In the US, South Africa, and Britain, it is usually the third Sunday in June; in Australia, the first Sunday in September.

Oxford Dictionaries Online contains more than a dozen different words for the male parent, from the affectionate (pappy, dada, and pop), to the dated (pater and papa) and the downright irreverent (old man).

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