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to not understand why so many OPs use the word 'mom' when they are not American.

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LuluJakey1 Thu 10-Jul-14 17:28:17

I regularly see posts on MN where the OP uses the word 'mom' instead of mum/mother. At first I thought they wete all American OPs but now I tealise many are British. Is it just me who finds it a bit of an affectation?

LuluJakey1 Thu 10-Jul-14 17:29:18

were not wete.
Realise not tealise.


Sirzy Thu 10-Jul-14 17:29:30

I thought it was used in areas of the Midlands too?

MarmaladeShatkins Thu 10-Jul-14 17:29:40

In the Midlands, Mom is normal. It's not an affectation, it's just vernacular.

Howstricks Thu 10-Jul-14 17:30:48

I find it irrationally irritating too.

LuisSuarezTeeth Thu 10-Jul-14 17:30:49

In certain regions it is used as part of the dialect - not because it's American. Birmingham for example.

FatalCabbage Thu 10-Jul-14 17:31:08

Curse those people with their regional variation. It shouldn't be allowed.

corkgirlindublin Thu 10-Jul-14 17:31:19

it's not just British mothers on here you know!!

wheresthelight Thu 10-Jul-14 17:31:34

West midlands has a strong "mom" following as others have said so ibwpuld assume those using it are either from or have loved in that vicinity. It is particularly strong around the Worcester and Kidderminster areas

ArgyMargy Thu 10-Jul-14 17:32:01

Yes they do it round here (Midlands). I just can't get used to it. Mommy as well. Shocking.

JonSnowsPout Thu 10-Jul-14 17:33:44

Shocking? Really?

KneesoftheBee Thu 10-Jul-14 17:33:50

What about mam?

It seems to be dying out.

januarysnowdrop Thu 10-Jul-14 17:34:59

Well there you go - I've learnt something today. It used to surprise me (I had assumed they were all from Americans too)

SwiftRelease Thu 10-Jul-14 17:35:12

Not just in America is it mom!

FunkyBoldRibena Thu 10-Jul-14 17:35:28

How do you know who is or isn't American?

Mendeleyev Thu 10-Jul-14 17:36:01

Yup. It's a West Mids thing. I call my mother Mom. My kids call me Mum, as we live now in the East Mids. I'd rather they called me Mom, but there you go. It's not an American affectation.

DoJo Thu 10-Jul-14 17:36:10

Where do you think the Americans got it from?

DoJo Thu 10-Jul-14 17:36:12

Where do you think the Americans got it from?

DoJo Thu 10-Jul-14 17:36:26

No, seriously WHERE?! grin

LuluJakey1 Thu 10-Jul-14 17:36:43

I had no idea it was used in the Midlands. Apologies to anyone using it as part of a dialect- my mistake.

Yes, up here in the north east it is 'mam' which I always said when my lovely mam was alive. Never referred to her as, or called her, 'mum' or 'mother'

gaggiagirl Thu 10-Jul-14 17:36:45

Im a mam, my mam

widdle Thu 10-Jul-14 17:37:08

I use "mam" [controversial]

Doyouthinktheysaurus Thu 10-Jul-14 17:37:14

Definitely a midlands thing.

My mum says mom, and signs her cards to us children as mom. Neither me nor my siblings have picked it up but we moved from Birmingham early in childhood.

dontcallmemam Thu 10-Jul-14 17:37:16


MaidOfStars Thu 10-Jul-14 17:37:17

I assume people are Brummies!

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