[LMB] forms of address, was Ivan's Aunties, now OT:
Thomas C Vinson
t.vinson at sbcglobal.net
Thu May 24 23:45:19 BST 2012
>A. Marina Fournier:
>>A husband-neighbor in San Diego always called his *wife* "Mother", with
>>no such reciprocation on her part. Struck me as weird then and now.
>It's common in the North of England and is mentioned in the OED as in
I've heard it frequently when there are children of the couple present.*
In fact, I use "Mom" fairly often myself when talking to my (grown) kids
about their mother/my wife.
(OTOH I always addressed my own mother as "Ma'am". But that was long
ago, in a galaxy far away.)
[*] Although come to think of it, most of the instances of "Father" I
remember are from fiction, some quite possibly English.
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