The term "parental unit", used to refer to parents, was popularized by the Coneheads; characters originally appearing in an SNL skit, which was basis of the 1993 movie Coneheads (both skit and movie written and performed by Dan Akroyd, among others).

"Use a lower tone of voice when speaking to your parental unit, young one..."

Best spoken in a low quasi-robotic monotone.

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