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PrincessConsuelaBananahamm0ck Thu 21-Feb-19 15:44:10

I often see posts on here where people use 'Mom' instead of 'Mum'. I always thought Mom was just an American thing and I know some Americans use these boards. However I see it often enough to wonder if there's parts of the UK that use Mom not Mum and it's not just the odd American on here? I know that 'Mam' is a thing in other parts of the UK, but I had no idea 'Mom' was. Can someone please enlighten me?

Merchantgirl Thu 21-Feb-19 15:45:26

Midlands say Mom

Caticorn Thu 21-Feb-19 15:45:36

This has been done to death!!!!! Mom is used in Birmingham and some other parts of the West Midlands.

KatnissMellark Thu 21-Feb-19 15:45:47

I'm in the West Midlands and lots here use Mom. It surprised me when I moved here as didn't realise it was a British thing at all

iklboo Thu 21-Feb-19 15:45:48

A lot of the Midlands and Republic of Ireland say / write Mom for mum and have done for a long time, no American influence (it's probably the other way round).

Treaclepie19 Thu 21-Feb-19 15:48:04

This is so overdone... not sure why it matters what people call their parents?
But yes, I'm in the Midlands and say Mom.

NoWayNoHow Thu 21-Feb-19 15:49:46

South Africans also say Mom

PrincessConsuelaBananahamm0ck Thu 21-Feb-19 15:52:35

I didn't say it mattered! I was simply curious.

Thank you.

And for the record I was unaware that this question has been 'done to death'.


Onemorewonthurt Thu 21-Feb-19 15:52:40

I'm in the Midlands too, we all say mom wink

AryaStarkWolf Thu 21-Feb-19 15:54:48

I'm from Ireland (Republic) and say Mom

Jebuschristchocolatebar Thu 21-Feb-19 15:54:57

Parts of Ireland say Mom.

Divgirl2 Thu 21-Feb-19 15:55:17

I had friends in Sheffield who used mom, didn't realise it was a British thing at all until then!

MsHopey Thu 21-Feb-19 15:58:43

West Midlands here and we say Mom.
Everyone on mumsnet comments on it when I use it🙄 but Mum sounds and looks just as alien to me as Mom does to others.

myrtleWilson Thu 21-Feb-19 15:59:29

ah my favourite version of this old faithful was about someone "utterly gobsmacked about mom cards". It was in chat so lost to the ether now but the OP I seem to recall was a pompous arse (not you OP!)

GhostsInSnow Thu 21-Feb-19 16:01:30

Never understood why the Americanism thing bothers people anyway. Language evolves with time. If it didn't we'd all still either be grunting like cavemen or talking like Shakespeare.

llangennith Thu 21-Feb-19 16:02:07

I didn't know it had been done to death so if you don't want to see it don't open threads like this.
I didn't know Mom was a British thing.

whitetoblerone Thu 21-Feb-19 16:02:35

Even if it has been 'done to death' the OP may not know this. There are plenty of threads I see where people say it's always asked, but I haven't seen it before!

Parts of my family say Mam and others (myself) day Mum. I always thought Mom was American too, I didn't know it was used in the UK. You learn something new everyday smile

TrendyNorthLondonTeen Thu 21-Feb-19 16:04:45

Just wait till later in the year when the "Hallowe'en = Disgraceful American Shite" starts, as well the the threads at Christmas about how saying "Santa" rather than "Father Christmas" is a sign of witchcraft.

AryaStarkWolf Thu 21-Feb-19 16:07:01

about how saying "Santa" rather than "Father Christmas" is a sign of witchcraft.

Santy over here santa

Ispywithmycynicaleye Thu 21-Feb-19 16:09:49

I grew up in in the Scotland highlands, we said Mam

gingajewel Thu 21-Feb-19 16:10:44

I’m from the midlands, I thought every one said mom until I started using mn and realised people find it so alien!

Alicatz66 Thu 21-Feb-19 16:31:47

Brummie here!! We always say Mom .. it's lovely to find a card with it on !!!

Emeraldshamrock Thu 21-Feb-19 16:35:44

We say Mam or Mammy depending on age and area, My mam used to call her mam "Mammy"
When I was a teen I tried to get away with Ma.

PrincessConsuelaBananahamm0ck Thu 21-Feb-19 17:16:54

Thank you for all the replies.

Again, just to reiterate, it doesn't bother me in the sightest. Neither does Halloween or Santa. I was genuinely curious as I had no idea it was used in the UK. Hence why I asked the question. Things like regional words and dialect interest me.

So I've learned two things today. Firstly, Mom is a term used in certain parts of the UK. Secondly, never ask a question on mumsnet that someone, somewhere might have asked before as someone is bound to get weirdly pissy about it.

I love AIBU, it never fails to amuse me!

Caspiana Thu 21-Feb-19 17:17:59

I’ve lived my entire life in Birmingham and don’t know anyone who says “mom”!

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