Is it ‘mum’ or ‘mom’? In one part of the country, there is only one answer.
Brummie MP Jess Philips is happy on the national stage, but this week she caught flack for calling her mum the Birmingham term ‘mom’.
Like any politician she wants to be popular where her votes are cast – in the Birmingham constituency of Yardley – so is sticking with ‘mom’.
She has even demanded Hansard at the House of Commons record her saying ‘mom’ not ‘mum’ when she mentions the word.
She 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”.
‘And I am from Birmingham and we spell it “mom”.’
She added: ‘And it annoys me every time that they sort of try and sanitise my regional accent.’
And it is not just Brummies. People from the Black Country also call their mums ‘mom’.
A Twitter user told off Phillips for using the term ‘mom’ comparing her to Americans.
However, an avalanche of support came from Brummies and Black Country folk in her defence, after the MP said: ‘Shall you tell her or shall I?’
I'm from Wolverhampton and say 'Mom' #notjustabrumthing— Scott Littleton (@smlittleton) February 5, 2018
Problem is you can never find mom on a birthday card— Nick Alatti (@Nickra) February 4, 2018
However, not everyone was enjoying the ‘momfest’.
Can you all stop it then, please.— Pasty (@pastyspig) February 5, 2018
The answer in the big ‘mum’ versus ‘mom’ debate seems to be: It is ‘mum’ everywhere, except Birmingham and the Black Country where it is, without a doubt, most definitely – ‘MOM’.