One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Mother.‘the mater has kept on the house in London’
- ‘Note that the sender to bed is not named: it could just as easily be a paternal figure as the whimsical mater.’
- ‘Doubtless mater and pater sent this horny-handed son of toil to the local comp followed by the polytechnic.’
- ‘We visited once, in the 1980s, and I remember being fairly gobsmacked that my mater grew up in such a place.’
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