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To think it's mothers' day and not mother's day?

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Scrumple Sun 26-Mar-17 16:50:37

Well, technically, it's mothering Sunday but surely if shortening it it should be mothers' day and not mother's day? It's a day for mothers not just one mother.

So why did i not see a single card in the card shop (must have spent about 15 mins looking through them all trying to find a nice, soppy one for my mum) that said mothers' day?

Am i wrong?

CurlsLDN Sun 26-Mar-17 16:53:56

Yes, you are wrong

en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/mother's_day

Thingsthatmakeugoummmm Sun 26-Mar-17 16:54:43

Does it really matter?

iwouldgoouttonight Sun 26-Mar-17 16:56:31

I always thought that too OP, but sadly I think we are wrong.

On an unrelated note I've now just looked at the word mother for too long and it no longer looks like a word. It looks like moth-er. One who moths.

Scrumple Sun 26-Mar-17 16:58:09

Seems i definitely am wrong! blush From wikipedia: In 1912 Anna Jarvis trademarked the phrases "second Sunday in May" and "Mother's Day", and created the Mother's Day International Association.] She specifically noted that "Mother's" should "be a singular possessive, for each family to honor its own mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world.

RedheadLover Sun 26-Mar-17 17:00:54

Curls, all I can see when I click on the link you posted are the definitions of 'mother' and 'mothering'; I can't see where it says 'mothers' day' is incorrect.

RedheadLover Sun 26-Mar-17 17:01:58

That's interesting OP.

Birdsgottaf1y Sun 26-Mar-17 17:13:48

I'm finding it annoying that "Mother" isn't being written with a Capital Letter.

RedheadLover Sun 26-Mar-17 17:25:26

It doesn't always need one.

CurlsLDN Sun 26-Mar-17 18:51:11

That's strange redhead, it takes me to the definition of Mother's Day, and includes correct example sentences.

Ethylred Sun 26-Mar-17 20:49:26

Any lesbian parents around to be upset by the singular possessive? I'm too busy being a moth-er to take offence on anybody else's (the spellcheck says it can't be elses') behalf.

Or, indeed, behalves.

purplecoathanger Sun 26-Mar-17 20:50:57

It's actually Mothering Sunday.

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