It’s been a while since I have done a Thursday open house.
(Unsure what my open house is? Read this post)
Typically as a WAHM, Thursday is the day I take as my day off. (Work at home mom? or mum?)
It’s also the day I try to spend some time with my own mom.
Did you notice I said ‘Mom’ and not ‘Mum’?
My children call me Mom, and even Mommy from time to time still (which I love!).
This is because where I live in the Midlands (Central England) in specific catchments, mothers are moms.
Now ‘Mom’ isn’t a wide-spread British term. My understanding is ‘Mam’ is more common than ‘Mom’. I think we are pretty much in the minority in the Midlands.
Here’s a lively thread over at NetMum’s about ‘Mum Versus Mom’.
NetMums is the reason I chose this topic today as I saw this over on Instagram…
(Photo Credit NetMums)
A little known fact is when I registered a blog domain my first choice was The Minimalist Mom – which I soon discovered had been taken by the wonderful Rachel Jonat. That is, in fact, how we met virtually and then a few years later I was lucky enough to meet her in person.
But in reality ‘mum’ makes more sense as a British blogger, even though mom goes better with dot-com: simplybeingmom.com.
Not one for conformity I’ve decided to coin a new term – please let me introduce… Mo/um’s – you will see I used it first in my family friendly vegetable curry recipe yesterday. What do you reckon, might it catch on?
And that’s where I will leave it, although I’m keen to learn more about my local dialect. I’m fascinated by language, its origins and how it evolves. I just need to make sure I don’t get carried away, forget the time, and fail to tune into the first episode of series 3 of my favourite programme this evening. There’s plenty of local dialect in Peaky Blinders – as well as fabulous writing, actors and soundtrack. Love. Love. Love. It. Makes me proud to be a Black Country lass.
(note I used ‘programme’ not ‘show’ and ‘series’ not ‘season’)
The floor is open – are you a Mum, Mom, Mam or any other description?