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    About word "Mom"

    Hello.
    Could you help me about a word "Mom"?
    I watched the American drama and a man said to an waitress "You're fired, Mom.", but she didin't look like his mom. I mean she looked younger a little bit for his mother.
    Is it possible that he used the word "Mom" as "Mrs" "Modam" or "an older lady"?
    Or it couldn't be anyone but his real mother?
    Last edited by Seancallan; 09-Oct-2010 at 18:15. Reason: I noticed a grammar error.

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    Re: About word "Mom"

    Welcome to the board, Seancallan,

    You may have misheard the word ma'am, which can sound a lot like mom.

    It's the female equivalent of 'sir'.

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    Re: About word "Mom"

    It's possible that the woman was just young looking for her age. The word "ma'am" seems a bit formal to use when telling someone that she has been fired.


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    Re: About word "Mom"

    Quote Originally Posted by Seancallan View Post
    Hello.
    Could you help me about a word "Mom"?
    I watched the American drama and a man said to an waitress "You're fired, Mom.", but she didin't look like his mom. I mean she looked younger a little bit for his mother.
    Is it possible that he used the word "Mom" as "Mrs" "Modam" or "an older lady"?
    Or it couldn't be anyone but his real mother?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    I can tell you that sometimes rude young people use "Pops"

    (from "papa") to refer to older men. I am an old man. Occasionally

    some young person (usually a male) will say:

    Excuse me, Pops. You're in my way.

    (Of course, I am not his father. If I were, I would have raised him

    to have better manners.)

    (2) So I could easily imagine some young man addressing

    a woman as "Mom." It is not so polite as "Ma'am," but it is a lot

    nicer than: You're fired, old woman.


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    Re: About word "Mom"

    Thank you very much for answering my question.
    I will watch the drama again and think about the possibility of "ma'am".

    Best regards,

    Seancallan

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