When do I spell 'Mother' with a capital M?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Yogafrau, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. Yogafrau Member

    I am getting confused as when to use Mother and mother.
    Is there a rule?

    My mother
    His mother
    My Mother??
  2. The MightyQ Senior Member

    English, Canada
    When you are using it as a name, it is capitalised.
    "Let us ask Mother for tea."
    Otherwise not.
    "My mother is coming for tea."
  3. Yogafrau Member

    Thank you. That's what I thought.
  4. Brioche

    Brioche Senior Member

    Australia English
    Normally mother is not written with a capital.

    You may find that writers use a capital when referring to their own mother.

    There is a famous poem, "My Mother", written by Ann Taylor in the 1800s, which begins:
    Who fed me from her gentle breast,
    And hush'd me in her arms to rest,
    And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
    My Mother.

    She capitalised Mother every time.

    It's also capitalised in titles: Mother Superior. In former times, Mother was used when to-day we would say Mrs/Ms: Old Mother Hubbard. It was used for women of the "lower classes".
  5. maxiogee Banned

    I would never capitalise it unless using the word when it denotes the 'rank' of a nun or religious sister - Mother Teresa of Calcutta, for example.

    In referring to my - or anyone else's - maternal parent I would always use a lower-case 'm'.

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