birth mum

  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    You may.

    However, you are substituting a clinical word that would usually be used only by academics and specialists for the kind of word people in this situation actually use.
     

    EnchiladaJack

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    However, you are substituting a clinical word that would usually be used only by academics and specialists for the kind of word people in this situation actually use.
    I dunno about that...I probably would have used the phrase "biological mother," myself.
     

    Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    I dunno about that...I probably would have used the phrase "biological mother," myself.
    I was speaking of the people I know who are adopted, or related are to people who are adopted.

    You are right to point out that it is wrong to generalize as I did.
     
    In this particular case, the speaker said "mum," not mother. Whereas "biological mother" is a perfectly acceptable phrase, "biological mum" - combining, as it does, a clinical word with an affectionate, colloquial word - sounds rather silly to me.
     
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