Do my kids call me Mum or Mom? I’m a mum and a mom because I’m a dual national – British and American. So are my children…but they call me Mum. Actually most of the time they call me Mummy and sometimes my daughter enjoys addressing me as Mama.
But a British mother can also be a mom. Or a mam. Or a ma. It depends on the British region or kingdom on what spelling or pronunciation is used for the pet name.
In Birmingham and the West Midlands most say and write mom. Even the local newspapers and schools spell it as mom. Although Mother’s Day occurs on a different date in the UK, Brummies and Americans would both be sending cards to the “Best Mom.” (Mother’s day is 30 March 2014 in UK versus 11 May 2014 in USA)
Forget Mum or Mom, in northern England they usually like calling their mothers Mam. The pronunciation, of course, will vary for Mam whether you’re a Northumbrian or Geordie. This term of endearment for mother is also very common in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
In Ireland Ma is also frequently used instead of Mam.
In Wales kids would call for their Mams. After all the Welsh word for mother is mam.
Charles might be the Prince of Wales but he calls the Queen ‘Mummy.’ Listen here to Prince Charles paying tribute to Mummy.
My kids call me Mummy. Whether you’re a mom in the West Midlands or a mam in Leeds, you might also be called mommy or mammy.
“In terms of recorded usage of related words in English, mama is from 1707, mum is from 1823, mummy in this sense from 1839, mommy 1844, momma 1852, and mom 1867.” Online Etymology Dictionary
The English word mamma or mama did not make an appearance until the end of the 17th century. Then mum started being used in the 19th century. In 1823 “where’s your mum?” first showed up in literature according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Although royalty now talk about their mums, originally it was more commonly an affectionate term for working class mothers. Mothers have been called Mam since the 16th century per the MacMillan Dictionary of Historical Slang.
And do you use a capital M or lower case m whether you’re writing about a mum or mom or ma or mam? Apparently I should write about a mum but use Mum when it’s a proper noun.
I call my mother Mum, but as she’s American she signs letters and cards to me as Mommy. Mum, mom, ma, mam, mummy, mommy, mama, or mammy, no matter how you spell it or pronounce it, they’re still our mother.
Do you say mum or mom or ma or mam?
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