first_img“I have memoriams from the local papers in Birmingham which show the term mom being used in the West Midlands prior to people being influenced by talkies,” he said.”In this area people have been replacing the ‘a’ with an ‘o’ since the ancient medieval times. We see in documents the words ‘hond’ and ‘lond’ instead of ‘hand’ and ‘land’.”It’s refreshing to see that our children can now buy a card with the name they call their mom on it.”Birmingham MP Jess Philips uses the term ‘Mom’ and has insisted that Hansard notes of her speeches at the House of Commons record her saying ‘Mom’ not ‘Mum’ when she mentions the word.She previously told the BBC’s Daily Politics show: “I’ve had the same thing changed on two different occasions. “Because I’m from Birmingham, and when I say the word mom, if I talk about my mom or if I talk about being a mom in the House of Commons, they always write it “mum”. I am from Birmingham and we spell it “mom”.”Paperchase says it is selling the cards in its larger stores.”We offer ‘Mom’ cards alongside our ‘mum’, ‘mother’ cards to cater for those who use this term,” it said.It does not offer ‘Mam’ cards, unlike Clintons which has 30 ‘Mam’ cards for Mother’s Day. Mom cards Mother’s day cards now say MomCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDS For the first time Paperchase is selling ‘Mom’ cards alongside its traditional mother and mum selections.  Credit:JULIAN SIMMONDS Professor Paul Baker, an expert in linguistics from Lancaster University, conducted a study into the use of American words in the English language and is “surprised” at the move.”In Britain the word mother is more frequently used. Generally British people are not using the word mom. It is usually mum or mam in the north,” he said.”Mom is a popular American word and it is very interesting that the card company has decided to adopt it. “It goes against the grain as most of the language changes which are adopted in Britain are related to grammar and are more subtle. In terms of words over the last 100 years we have seen words such as cop and boss being used.”But the word mom is a surprise to me, it suggests something quite interesting. My nephews watch American cartoons and use words from them. It could be linked to children’s exposure to American television programmes and hearing the word ‘Mom’ is seeing them using it more.”The term ‘Mom’ is often associated with the American language but it is also a term used in the Midlands.Birmingham language expert Professor Carl Chinn says he has evidence of ‘Mom’ being used prior to the First World War.center_img Mom Mothering Sunday cards are using ‘Mom’ instead of ‘Mum’ as a language expert warns of the Americanisation of Britain.Dating back to the 16th century, it was once a religious day to spend with ones family but now the British celebration is turning American.For the first time Paperchase is selling ‘Mom’ cards alongside its traditional mother and mum selections.Almost 10 per cent of its range this year feature the word ‘Mom’, a study by the Telegraph found.It is the first UK card retailer to make the move and language experts believe it is due to the popularity of American children’s shows influencing the way youngsters speak. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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