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Subject: Use of 'Mummy' instead of 'Mommy' in Eastern Massachusetts?
Question: I recently began teaching in a small community on Cape Cod,
Massachusetts, and came to the surprising realization that all the
locals use the term ''mummy/mum'' (English variant) instead of
''mommy/mom'' (american variant); however, they all spell it
''mommy/mom,'' not with the ''u'' as British people do.

From my questions regarding the matter, it does not appear to be an
affect - many of the residents were surprised to learn that their
speech differed from other standard and regional American dialects.

Does anyone have an explanation for this?

From: Tal Zamir
Date: 06-Dec-2013
  1. Re: Use of 'Mummy' instead of 'Mommy' in Eastern Massachusetts?    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (07-Dec-2013)
  2. Re: Use of 'Mummy' instead of 'Mommy' in Eastern Massachusetts?    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (09-Dec-2013)

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