Date: Thu, 9 Jan 1997 09:08:54 -0500 From: "Dale F.Coye" Subject: Soccer-Mom-Soccer-Mother? Going back to something I brought up a few weeks ago, I can't help thinking the term should be Soccer Mother. Mom just doesn't sound right to me. Compare Den mother, Earth mother, Mother hen- can you imagine saying Den Mom, Earth Mom, Mom hen? Or imagine Saddam Hussein threatening us with the Mom-of-all-Battles. The other thing I don't get with this word is, why soccer? Back in the 60s my mother (not my mom) was driving us around to baseball games and dutifully watching us as much as any matriarch of the 90s. So why not baseball or basketball mom? Certainly in NJ soccer is big, but baseball is just as big. Dale Coye The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Princeton, NJ.