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12th-Nov-2003 11:18 am
Halloween 2008- Captain Hammer
I don't know if this is a regional thing, or just something I never noticed when I was younger or if it's just me, but for some reason it really annoys me that the strib uses the word "mom" in articles instead of "mother". The print version of this article about a Wisconsin teen who allegedly killed his mother used the word "mom" instead of "mother" while the online version uses mother everywhere.
Edit: I checked the paper at home and the article uses "mother" but the text next to the headline uses the word "mom".

In my mind "mom" and "dad" are casual, affectionate terms and "mother" and "father" are more appropriate for use in a newspaper (aside from quotations.)


On a slightly related note:
Words and Expressions Commonly Misused by Insipid Brothers-in-law
Comments 
12th-Nov-2003 10:52 am (UTC)
According to some of my English teachers in middle school and high school, people are getting lazier about language, and teachers all over are becoming less rigid about what is and isn't exceptable in classroom writing. If this is true, then I am not surprised that people, even journalists and reporters...and their editors, evidence what they have internalized from their years of schooling.
12th-Nov-2003 01:23 pm (UTC)
Back when I was in high school and writing for the local paper I can remember being told to keep the vocabulary simple and this sort of struck me as an extreme (and awkward) interpretation of that rule.

At least I don't remember seeing a headline start with "Dude!" yet.
12th-Nov-2003 11:00 am (UTC)
Odd. The print version of the strib that I just read used the word "mother" for that story.
12th-Nov-2003 11:11 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it was "mother" in the headline for me but "mom" in the body of the article. There have been others were "mom" was in the headline but I never remembered to post about it.
12th-Nov-2003 01:38 pm (UTC)
Mom is a term of affection. The article says the teen killed her. Maybe the Strib used "mom" to add drama.
12th-Nov-2003 02:43 pm (UTC)
Ok, anybody who is ranting at that volume about "as to whether" should not use the phrase "whether or not" in the next paragraph.
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