Date: Fri, 28 Jul 1995 11:46:25 MST
From: Tom Uharriet UTOM[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ADMN.712.NEBO.EDU
Subject: Re: Your Momma -- Sexual Connotation?
Shana Walton wrote:
I also have been cautioned by Northeastern and West Coast friends
(WASP-types) that it is rude, or at least can appear nosy, to inquire after
people's mamas, as in "how's your mama and them?" People apparently don't
all bring their families into their cognitive work world. Some told me
it's rather elitist, not a sign of civil concern (as in we're all
supposed to be seen as indivduals, family-free?) to ask about people's family
backgrounds (as in "who's your mama and them"). My friends said only people
who were concerned with your pedigree would ask this question and therefore
that people will take it wrong, as if you're trying to "sniff them out." Is
I'm from Los Angeles. I've never noticed any offences by questions
about parents. But then, I don't ever remember anyone asking about
them unless they already personally knew them. On the other hand,
I've seen fights break out in response to the words, "Your Momma!"
I'm not sure, but these words may have a sexual connotation.
One person insults another.
The second responds, "F___ You!"
The first says, "Your Mother!"
Is this a California thing? I've lived in Utah for six years and
haven't heard it here once.
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