‘Mom’s the word?’

The Irish Times - - Comment & Letters -

Sir, – I wouldn’t hold out much hope for Louis Ho­gan’s wish that “May Ma long be with us” (De­cem­ber 6th; “Mom’s the word: The Amer­i­can­i­sa­tion of the Ir­ish mother”, Frank McNally, An Ir­ish­man’s Di­ary, De­cem­ber 5th).

Grow­ing up in Dublin city in the 1950s, I reached the age of 22 be­fore I met an Ir­ish per­son with a “mummy” but now fear greatly that the pro­lif­er­a­tion of Bri­tish mul­ti­ple re­tail out­lets, and com­pli­ant mar­ket­ing and me­dia folk, are con­sign­ing our pre­cious Ir­ish “mammy” or “mam” or “ma” to the dust­bin of mem­ory in favour of “mum”. Will “Breg­gsit” save the day? – Yours, etc,

JIM HUD­SON, Castle­knock,

Dublin 15.

Sir, – Fred­die Mer­cury ad­dressed his mother as “Mama”. – Yours, etc, MICHAEL RED­MOND, Clon­grif­fin,

Dublin 13.

■ When writ­ing, please bear in mind that let­ters rang­ing over sev­eral top­ics are un­likely to ap­pear. Please note also that we do not print copies of “open” let­ters ad­dressed to some­one else.

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