What happened to the words “mother” and “father”?
No one says “mother” or “father” any more. There are only “moms” and “dads.” My mom. Your dad. His, her, and its mom and dad. Speaking this way, we eliminate the natural quality of respect that is due to our parents, our progenitors, the source of our being, and reduce them to pets for whom we have affection, but not respect. Speaking this way, we sound like a silly, self-infantilized people, incapable of holding a country together, let alone of leading the world. And of course this includes conservatives, who automatically and without the slightest resistance follow every movement of the dominant liberal culture.
Michelle Malkin begins her latest column thus:
I am the mom of a 12-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy. They have been huge fans of Nickelodeon TV programming throughout their childhoods. We even took them to the Nick Hotel in Florida, where we stayed in a SpongeBob SquarePants family suite. But enough is enough.And of course the same usage has been adopted by all recent Republican presidents and presidential nominees. From Romney’s acceptance speech:
My dad had been born in Mexico and his family had to leave during the Mexican revolution. I grew up with stories of his family being fed by the US Government as war refugees. My dad never made it through college and apprenticed as a lath and plaster carpenter. And he had big dreams. He convinced my mom, a beautiful young actress, to give up Hollywood to marry him. He moved to Detroit, led a great automobile company and became Governor of the Great State of Michigan….Or this, speaking about his wife Ann:
I knew that her job as a mom was harder than mine. And I knew without question, that her job as a mom was a lot more important than mine. And as America saw Tuesday night, Ann would have succeeded at anything she wanted to.Given conservatives’ unthinking conformity to the liberal culture, I wouldn’t be surprised if within five years some of the writers at National Review are sporting tattoos (they already have a featured writer, Kevin Williamson, with a shaved head; and by the way he has no problem with homosexual “marriage”), and within ten years some Republican governors and senators have tattoos.
Also, speaking of conservatives uncritically inhabiting the swamp of the dominant liberal culture, see to what an X-rated extreme Nickelodeon had to go before Michelle Malkin stopped watching it. Warning: it is extreme.
Here is the beginning of a letter my grandfather wrote home from the front during World War I:Terry Morris writes:
Thank you for adressing this. I have been thinking about it a lot lately myself, having noticed that I have acquired the habit of referring to my mother and father as “my Mom,” and “my Dad” when speaking about them with other people. That will change post haste.September 30
When talking to my parents and family, I refer to my parents as “Mom” and “Dad.” When talking with people outside of my family, I refer to my parents as “Mother” and “Father.” I never noticed I did this until this post.LA replies:
Do you refer to your parents as “Mom” and “Dad,” or as “my mom” and “my dad”? The first is fine in my opinion—“Mom” and “Dad” (as well as “Mother” and “Father”) are in effect their names. The problem is saying “my mom” instead of “my mother.”BLS replies:
When talking with my parents (or brothers), I refer to them as “Mom” and “Dad.” When talking with people who are not part of my blood family, I refer to them as “my Mother” and “my Father.” I don’t think that was based on anything more than choosing a term that seemed more mature—I would never refer to my father as “daddy” or my mother as “mommy!” But some adults still refer to their parents that way.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 29, 2012 10:47 AM | Send