In Defense of "Mamapropisms"

Did my mom really just say "mamalicious"? She really did.

After the news broke all over the blogosphere today that some expectant fathers are having “dadelor” parties, more than a few bloggers were a little non-plussed with the idea. I was one of them.

Jezebel takes it a step further and calls for a stop to the word “dadelor” itself. Not just “dadelor”. The entire genre of “mom” and “dad” modified words. Let’s call them “mamapropisms”. They didn’t, but they wouldn’t. They want us to stop playing with words this way.

Stop your assault on the English language, Jezebel says. No more “momgasms” when your kid does something awesome. No more Momalicious, Mombian, or Momocrats. They didn’t even get around to critiquing “momoirs”, but we get the drift.

Sorry, Jezebel.

You’re going to have to give us “mommybloggers” this one.

After all, we have kids. That means a lot of our favorite adult toys are off limits. We can’t play Farmville without incurring the wrath of the “sanctimommies”. We can’t indulge our inner “mominatrix” unless Grandma’s willing to take the kids for a weekend. We’re stuck playing trains and watching The Little Mermaid on repeat like the “mombies” we’ve become.

So we don’t have all our favorite toys at our disposal. But we still have words. Words are awesome. They’re more flexible than Legos, and I never have to pick them out of my back after tripping over a pile of laundry. They’re durable. They never get broken or lost. They don’t need to be cleaned up, and you can play with them while juggling a fussy baby, a curious toddler, and dinner prep. Plus words are fun.

What I’m saying is, words are the perfect toy for parents. We’re going to keep playing with them. I’m sorry if the endless stream of “mamapropisms” makes you cringe.

Tell you what, Jezebel: You come over and take care of my kids while I write, I’ll come up with some other words to use. Nice straight ones from mainstream English. In fact, if you come over and take care of my kids while I write, all I will say is “thank you”. No extraneous “mom” or “dad” jokes, guaranteed.

What do you think, dear readers? Are “mamapropisms” a cringeworthy abuse of English, or a fun game? Love ’em or hate ’em?

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