Updated on May 5, 2017
MOTHER – A Word Study
Mother’s Day, the day set aside to honor mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society, is fast approaching. This coming Sunday, May 14 to be exact.
Knowing Mother’s Day was so soon, I did a word search on the word Mother and learned some interesting facts.
How many of these adjective examples do you recognize?
mother love – displaying the characteristics of a mother
mother hen – an overly protective person
mother wit – natural intelligence or wit
mother ship – a ship that serves smaller vessels
And these expressions (idioms) using mother?
a face only a mother could love – an unattractive person
at mother’s knee – learning something as a child
everybody/everyone and their mother – a hyperbole referring to a crowd
the mother of all _______ – the best or greatest of a type of thing
swear/swore on mother’s grave – a solemn confirmation that one is telling the truth because of the association with the sanctity of a parent’s gravesite
tied to mother’s apron strings – someone who has not asserted his independence from his mother
The informal variant of Mother is Mom. The Urban Dictionary provides various meanings for its use. Some like soccer mom I’m sure you’ve used.
Of all my research finds, this poem by Chirag Kapoor best sums up the meaning of mother for Mother’s Day. You might want to recite it for your Mom on Sunday.