One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
One's mother.‘my mam would have had a fit if I'd gone out dressed like that’as name ‘it was better when Mam was alive’
- ‘The hardest task was to go to mam in her eighties and break the news.’
- ‘But mam, I can't stay in the same room as them!’
- ‘What do people do now if both Mam and Dad have to work nights?’
- ‘I managed to say goodbye to mam and my siblings by making myself think of something else as we hugged, but my dad, to whom I was closest, locked himself in the bathroom.’
- ‘I remember once, many years ago, trying to get off school by telling my dear old mam that I had a terrible ear-ache.’
- ‘Going to the Olympia theatre in Dublin with mam and dad was the best.’
Late 16th century: perhaps imitative of a child's first syllables (see mama).
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