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Mother's Day or Mothers' Day

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PuppyMonkey Sun 06-Mar-16 09:39:49

That was the first argument in our house his morning. grin

I know, I know - it should be Mothering Sunday.....

Crikeyblimey Sun 06-Mar-16 09:41:02

I clicked to say 'Mothering Sunday' wink

UnmentionedElephantDildo Sun 06-Mar-16 09:41:06

I suppose it depends on your household set up. Are you polyamorous?

PuppyMonkey Sun 06-Mar-16 09:45:17

Not usually, but there are lots of mums in the world not just one.

absolutelynotfabulous Sun 06-Mar-16 09:47:16

Polyamoroyshmm (sheltered life here)

I'd say Mothers' Day as generally more than one mother ie talking about a day for mothers generally.

Bunbaker Sun 06-Mar-16 09:49:09

Mothering Sunday here grin

Mothers' day is an artificial, commercial day in May in other parts of the world.

DadDadDad Mon 07-Mar-16 11:18:04

Most greetings cards etc say "Mother's Day". It used to bother me, but I just accept it as the agreed usage - after all, I only have one mother, so it is the "Day of / for (my) Mother", so I think it can be justified.

However, if we had a day for children, I suspect it would be called "Children's Day" not "Child's Day", although I guess the argument would be that you can have more than one child. The clincher might be what would you call a day dedicated to wives: "Wife's Day" or "Wives' Day"?

SanityClause Mon 07-Mar-16 11:24:09

I think it's Mothers' Day, as it's a day for all mothers.

I think using the hypothetical example of Children's Day, rather than Child's Day makes it quite clear.

(Some people have more than one wife, DadDadDad, speaking of polyamory.)

DadDadDad Mon 07-Mar-16 12:20:13

So, most of the world (including greetings cards companies) have chosen to go with "Mother's" options. Presumably, they've had the pedants writing in, but have taken the line that if everyone else does it that way, then it's acceptable.

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