Note: Please bear in mind that whilst this topic does canvass opinions, it is not a fight club. You may disagree with other posters but we do ask you please to stick to our Talk Guidelines and to be civil. We don't allow personal attacks or troll-hunting. Do please report any. Thanks, MNHQ.

To ask why somepeople use the word mom on here?

(107 Posts)
Bubblemoon Wed 03-Oct-12 15:05:23

Mom?

meditrina Wed 03-Oct-12 15:06:12

Because some people use the word in RL?

If they are American, that would be standard.

freerangechickens Wed 03-Oct-12 15:06:58

Some of us aren't Brits.

FoxtrotFoxtrotSierra Wed 03-Oct-12 15:07:00

It's quite widely used in the Midlands.

squoosh Wed 03-Oct-12 15:07:07

I think people from the West Midlands say Mom.

I know that people from Co. Kerry say Mom.

It's not just an Americanism.

AuntPepita Wed 03-Oct-12 15:08:05

Because in the black country you have a Mom, not a Mum.

Squoosh - never realised that Co Kerry people use mom but thinking bout it I do call her mom (or mam)

musicmadness Wed 03-Oct-12 15:10:07

"Because in the black country you have a Mom, not a Mum."

^^This. I'm from the Midlands and pretty much always use Mom.

Bubblemoon Wed 03-Oct-12 15:10:19

I never knew most of that. Thanks.

Tee2072 Wed 03-Oct-12 15:10:23

Because HEY! GUESS WHAT? We aren't all from the UK. Some of us in the UK say Mom. And...some of us use Mum and Mom interchangeably.

HTH!

Proudnscary Wed 03-Oct-12 15:10:52

My dh says 'mom' - he's a Yorkshireman. I've never thought about it before actually - is this usual for Yorkshire folk?

I've seen posters on here from Germany, Australia, the Caribean, the US and Canada. Not everyone posts from the UK mainland so have different words. Similarly, I've also seen regional variations such as mam used.

eagerbeagle Wed 03-Oct-12 15:12:16

Another vote for mom here. Didn't know it wasn't universal until I read it on here.

HappyJoyful Wed 03-Oct-12 15:12:57

yep another vote for West Midlands.. my Mum is from there and must say, despite us never ever using the word to call her she will often sign a card Mommy.. I have always it must just be something from her childhood / what she called her Mom

Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 03-Oct-12 15:14:33

My mum is a Brummy and always says mom! It's only as an adult reading MN that I realised it was a West Midlands thing.

Scholes34 Wed 03-Oct-12 15:19:51

My Mum's from Yorkshire and calls herself Mom. I call her Mum, my Nan called herself Mam.

BitOutOfPractice Wed 03-Oct-12 15:21:34

I am from the Black Country. I am a mom. My mother is my mom. My kids call me mom. Even though we live in Essex

Everyone's not the same eh? Who'd a thunk it? wink

rabbitonthemoon Wed 03-Oct-12 15:22:45

I'm from the midlands. My mom is my mom - it would be odd to call her mum. But I use mum when talking to other people usually because they always pick me up on it/look bemused. When I was teaching a fellow teacher made the children spell it mum, even in mothers day cards. Rotten cow sad

YUNoSaySomethingNice Wed 03-Oct-12 15:24:56

I have a Ma not a Mum or a Mom.

brianbennettfan Wed 03-Oct-12 15:26:12

Definitely a West Midlands thing.

You can take the girl out of Bilston, but you can't take Bilston out of the girl (and I have lived in Southampton since 1972 smile.)

mommybunny Wed 03-Oct-12 15:27:16

OP, sounds like you might object?

[I'm American living in the UK - I tell my DCs I am "Mommy" not "Mummy" though I would never refuse a birthday or Mother's Day card with "Mummy" written on it. I had no idea "mom" was common in the Midlands though.]

SoleSource Wed 03-Oct-12 15:33:05

Mom here in West Mids.

Why some say Ma or Mam?

I have a Mam and I am a Mom. From Dublin. Mum hurts my teeth when said in an Irish accent.

Bubblemoon Wed 03-Oct-12 15:47:10

mommybunny - no objection here. It's something you never hear used in the mild, mild West of England, so I was fascinated to see it used so widely by posters here.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now