How do kids address or refer to their great-grandparents, if they are still alive? (equivalent to "dad", "mom", "grandpa", "grandma") "Great-grandpa" sounds rather lame.

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    This is going to be culturally-specific, and may even vary from family to family. – John Feltz Dec 27 '16 at 1:26
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    @JohnF is exactly right; there’s no standard name like “Mom” or “Dad” for great-grandparents. I was lucky enough to have three great-grandparents still alive when I was in high school. One great-grandmother was called “Nana” and another was called “Ma” (everyone called her “Ma” – her children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren). Nicknames for grandparents and great-grandparents is something that is very family-specific. This is a good question, though. – J.R. Dec 27 '16 at 2:27
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    My kids are half German so they have Grandma, Grandad, Opa, Oma. – Peter Dec 27 '16 at 3:47
  • I have to concur with the other commenters here that this is culture-specific, with one caveat: English is a language that loves its Ellipsis and thus tends to drop the "great" prefixes when all parties of a conversation have the relevant knowledge to follow along. Example: My great-great-grandfather Joseph and my great-grandmother Allison are visiting. Grandpa Joseph let me borrow his car to take myself and Grandma Allison to the mall. This will also happen in conversation; unless they have a specific epithet (like 'Nana' for Grandma Allison), which will get used instead. – Omnidisciplinarianist Dec 29 '16 at 20:33

Here in Pakistan, there are specific words that kids use to call the great grand parents.

However, as of what I know, there's no specific word in English which can be used for great grandparents.

It varies according to the culture and to the family. In some families, you would notice kids calling both their great grandparents and grandparents by one single name, that is "Grandpa" and "Grandma". In some, I have seen kids using specific words for their great grandparents like "Grandma Norma", any cute and simple word is used..

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