A question on word usage
Posted by Mark on November 21, 1997 at 10:24:44:
One thing that has always stuck out in my mind as I read Pride and Prejudice is the way the Bennet girls all call their mother, "Ma'am". I first thought it was the Regency period's version of "Mom", but then after reading other Austen books, I didn't notice other girls using that term for their mothers. Perhaps I just didn't notice.
Can any of our Regency experts or more thoroughly rounded Janeites enlighten me on this? I would be much obliged.
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