"tot mom"

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Mon Dec 29 15:08:24 UTC 2008

The newscaster/commentator Nancy Grace on CNN regularly refers to the mother (and principal suspect) in the disappearance and probable murder of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony in Florida as the "tot mom." The phrase also appears in the writing on the screen.

Is that phrase new?  Is it patterned after "baby mama"?  A Google search brings up 27,000 instances, but many of those exemplify the unasked-for phrase "tot's mom"--and a great portion of the remainder specifically refer to the Anthony case.


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