The most confusing bit about English is that there is more than one English language. English is a very flexible language. It absorbs words from other cultures and makes them its own. It has very few fixed grammar rules, and those that exist often can’t be explained.
So many things make learning English difficult and confusing. Its grammar structure, its spelling, meanings and rules that contradict existing rules are difficult to master. … Learning English is definitely challenging but the fact is several languages are more difficult to learn than English.
Especially now that we have more than 60% borrowed vocabulary (so more vocabulary is borrowed than isn’t), and this also acted as a catalyst for sound changes (mostly the Great Vowel Shift) that drastically changed English pronunciation (and also made English spelling so different from other European languages).
It’s true that there are some strange irregular spellings, this is because it includes words from many languages and some very very old words. But English is much more regular in spelling than we think. In fact about 75% of English spelling is regular. … (Notice a lot of these words have silent letters in them.
So sometimes you might be confuse about the deference between Mom and Mum.
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Both spellings are correct and derive from mommy and mummy. According to Ngram, Mom/mom is the more common spelling in America, while Mum/mum is more common in Britain.
We spell “mum” M-U-M because that’s the short form of “chrysanthemum” that we use for that particular flower.
And the word “mom”, on the other hand, is a slightly different story and it’s widely believed that the word was born from the much older word “mamma” which itself can be traced back to the 1500s in English. This, in turn, can be traced back to Latin where “mamma” meant “breast” or “teat”.
So it means that Mom and Mum is correct when used for a woman ,you haven’t been making a mistake