Mother and Father

Is there something bad about the use of “mother” and “father” in conversation? Does it make people feel uncomfortable when the say these words? Why do they use the terms “Mom” and “Dad” instead?


When I was in elementary school, one of my teachers explained to the class that “Mom” and “Dad” are nicknames that children use when they calling to or addressing their parents (to repeat, their parents). Then why do people say “your Mom” instead of “your mother.”

What is so forbidding about the terms we use to refer not only to our own parents, but also to someone else’s parents?


About stanleygraphics

I am a veteran graphic designer who started at the time when cut and paste meant an X-acto knife and rubber cement. I use my experience to educate others. I have an intolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
This entry was posted in annoying, ignorant, language and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Mother and Father

  1. jill says:

    “Mom” and “Dad” are a more casual form of “Mother” and “Father”. Speech in general has gotten more casual, as has dress and many other things.

    You may also have noticed that children don’t refer to their friend’s parents as “Mr. Berkson” anymore. But there isn’t a great replacement. So it is now “Stan” or “Mr. Stan” or “Uncle Stan” or “Alan’s Dad” all of which have their own issues. Solve that one, please.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s