Uncommon Knowledge: Who named your mom?

Dear Mom Arts & Crafts Book | UncommonGoodsYou did. Or at least, you and billions of other babies around the world and across time. “Ma” is one of the earliest vocalized sounds a baby makes on its way to learning speech, and it requires lip movement similar to that of nursing. It’s no wonder, then, that most languages have some variation on the M sound in their words for “mother”: mamá (Spanish), maminka (Czech), eomma (Korean), umama (Zulu), etc. The name “Dad” is likely also derived from baby talk, but arrives in second place. The D sound is known as a “dental consonant”, is difficult to form until the baby’s upper front teeth have grown in.

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Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.

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