Ma/Mama/Amma/Mom/Mum

The first word that most babies say – “Ma”, “Ma Ma”.

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The word that most of us say when in pain/distress/grief/helplessness/sadness/against a tough wall is usually “Ma/Mama/Amma/Mom/Mum” and some derivative of this – with a prefix/suffix.

The person that most of us wish to be with us when we are very happy or experience a success is usually “Ma/Mama/Amma/Mom/Mum”.

The last words that many dying people utter (and I’ve seen/heard this in so many instances) is “Ma/Mama/Amma/Mom/Mum”.

What is it about the word “Ma/Mama/Amma/Mom/Mum”, I wonder?

  • That makes one happy
  • That makes one feel better
  • That make it all worthwhile
  • That makes everything seem OK
  • That make the storms pass under

I don’t have all the answers, but here’s what I do know..

  • Just saying “Ma/Mama/Amma/Mom/Mum” – makes you feel better
  • Just being with “Ma/Mama/Amma/Mom/Mum” – makes life a lot easier
  • Just hearing the voice of “Ma/Mama/Amma/Mom/Mum” – makes the moment bearable (no matter what you’re going through)
  • Just seeing “Ma/Mama/Amma/Mom/Mum” – makes life complete
  • Just a smile from “Ma/Mama/Amma/Mom/Mum” – makes it all worth it

What does the word “Ma/Mama/Amma/Mom/Mum” mean to you? Leave a comment to let me know…

NOTE:

Ma forms the basis of the word for mother in many different and possibly unrelated language families around the world:

  • Latin mater
  • Greek meter
  • French mère
  • German Mutter
  • Russian mate
  • Icelandic modher
  • Sanskrit mata
  • Irish mathair
  • Welsh mam
  • Arabic oum
  • Hebrew em
  • Swahili mama
  • Chinese ma
  • Hawaian makuahine

Why so widespread a word? The sounds of m and a are among the easiest to make and among the first sounds acquired by a human infant.

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Nischala Murthy Kaushik is an IT & Marketing professional, an IIMB Alumni, a mother and a philosopher. She likes to believe that she is a Scholar & Guru of Life for Life and the Chief Happiness Officer of her life. She blogs @ Nischala’s Space Thoughts and Expressions & VERVE : The Quintessence of my Life. In addition, she is also as a guest blogger in several sites of global repute; and her blogs have been featured in several Best-Of lists on the web. She tweets @nimu9 and is listed among the 50 Indian Women to follow on Twitter.

  • Good research! I think to the best of my knowledge in Marathi mother is called ” Aai” which is very different from anything else.