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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?|