[Ads-l] Media Inquiry (Mike Pence calling his wife "Mother")

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 3 15:47:28 EST 2017


Ronald Reagan called Nancy "Mommy."
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From: Laurence Horn<mailto:laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
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But these threads (at least Quora) do tend to conflate the cases that =
need to be kept distinct:  reference (who you=E2=80=99re talking about) =
vs. address (who you=E2=80=99re talking to), and with children in =
hearing range (kitchen) or not (bedroom).  The =E2=80=9Ccreepy=E2=80=9D =
dimension only comes into play with address with no children present =
(e.g. when they=E2=80=99re off in college).

LH

> On Feb 3, 2017, at 3:08 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole =
<adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Here are pointers to pertinent discussion threads (raw data) on
> Straight Dope and Quora.
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> Thread title: Do you call your wife, mother?
> Thread beginning timestamp: 07-20-2004, 04:49 PM
> http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=3D267438
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> Thread title: Marriage: Why do husbands call their wives mommy?
> Thread beginning date: circa Feb 22, 2016
> https://www.quora.com/Marriage-Why-do-husbands-call-their-wives-mommy
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> Garson
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> On Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 3:05 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard =
<gcohen at mst.edu>
>> wrote:
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>>> Was this ever a common use of the word?
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>> Yes. If one were old enough to listen to the radio and/or to read the
>> funnies and/or go to the movies during the '40's, then one would have =
a
>> clear memory of it.
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>> How soon they forget!
>> --
>> -Wilson
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>> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint =
to
>> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
>> -Mark Twain
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