I posted these definitions of "Mother" and "Father" once before, but thought they were unfair enough that they deserve a second look. I mean really. What was Webster's problem? What does he have against mothers? Surely he had a mother...we all do. Maybe she wasn't the best and this is his way of getting revenge?
This is what Webster's 1828 dictionary has to say about parents:
mother and mud
the thick slimy concretion in vinegar
a hysteric fit
a ewe or female sheep
the female of the horse kind
a mother, and matter, pus
matter, stuff, materials of which any thing is made
the bed of a river, a sink or sewer
the channel of a river
Further down the page there are several more definitions:
1. A female parent
2. That which has produced anything (Believe me, there are times when I've wondered what on earth I have produced)
3. That which has preceded in time; the oldest or chief of anything (Yes, I feel like this at times-the oldest of anything and everything...)
4. Hysterical passion
5. A familiar term of address of an old woman or matron
6. An appellation given to a woman who exercises care and tenderness towards another, or gives parental advice (nag, nag, nag...)
7. A thick slimy substance concreted in liquors, particularly in vinegar, very different from scum. (Oh! What a relief that is.)
Moving on from there I picked up Webster's Elementary Dictionary-A Dictionary for Boys and Girls:
mother-A slimy substance that forms on fermenting alcoholic liquors (Hmph.)
I then thought, just for the fun of it, I'd look and see what good old Noah had to say about Fathers. From the 1828 dictionary:
to beget, to feed
1. He who begets a child
2. The first ancestor
3. The appellation of an old man, and a term of respect
Elderly men are called fathers; men venerable for age, learning and piety are called fathers.
4. The grandfather
5. One who feeds and supports, or exercises paternal care over another. God is called the father of the fatherless.
6.He who creates, invents, makes or composes any thing; the author, a founder, director or instructor.
I can only hope he came up with these defintions after his poor old mother was laid to rest.