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Etymology

The origin of any word
May be, on close inspection,
Quite obvious, if one inferred
The cause of its connection.

What brings this up was my surprise
When noticing in "smother"
That hiding there, without disguise,
Is everybody's "mother."

Coincidence or little jab?
We cannot know for sure;
But I would like to take a stab
That someone immature,

When language first was being made,
Had issues with his mama
And found a way to masquerade
His little melodrama.

And every mother since that day
Is known as the relation
Whose every effort translates to
Attempts at suffocation.


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  1. Date: 5/28/2013 11:47:00 PM

    Such a funny observation! I've always thought the same with how "parent" sounds a lot like like "PARAnoid". Most creative, my friend! When it comes to the origins of English words there's no limit to what you could write about!

  1. Date: 5/26/2013 3:32:00 PM

    Such a clever write ilene. But why is it His mother? :)