Mommick / Mammock

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12 comments on this post.
  1. Kjeri Kaye:

    So, is Mammock related at all to amok as in “The furious chinchilla ran amok, mammocking everything in sight including the poodle.”

  2. Paul Klein:

    When you say Eastern NC, do you mean Carteret County, east of Beaufort? The term was in common usage in the ’50s and ’60s when I was growing up there.

    “Honey, he mommocked it!”

  3. Sherwood Williford:

    I recently began writing a column for the Goldsboro News-Argus, NC. An article I have just composed includes the word mommick, whhich was standard fare here in eastern North Carolina when I was growing up. The word puzzles most northern and western “intruders” but the homefolks understand, “Don’t mommick it up.” It simply means don’t mess it up or screw it up.

    Sherwood ‘Owl’ Williford

  4. Ray Boyce:

    I am from central WV and the word mommick was used by all from the previous generation.That would be 50 and 60’s . It mean to harass pester or torment, usually refer to a child.

  5. Martin Malcolm:

    ‘A General Dictionary of Provincialisms’ by William Holloway (Sussex Press, 1889)gives the usage I know, a noun: ‘mommick, a scarecrow’. Holloway traces it to the county of Somerset in England, UK. My Somerset-born-and-bred mother used to call me ‘a little mommick’ back in the 1960s. Now I know what she meant!

  6. Fred:

    My dad, who died at 91, was from SE North Carolina, in the Rocky Mount area, and he used the word mommock quite often. I’ve only heard one other person in my life use that word.

  7. Ashley39:

    Both of my parents are from Rocky Mount NC and the word “mommick” means “messed up”
    “Ashley you sure mommicked up your head!”
    Meaning: They don’t like my hair. I messed it up.
    Another word from this region of NC “doot” pronounced “d-eww-t”. This means your behind or butt. “I busted my doot trying to skate!”
    Funny words!

  8. Beth Dix:

    My mother’s family is from eastern NC and my Grandpap would use the word mommick all the time. It could mean anything from don’t make a mess to don’t “tease” your sister….”Don’t mommick your sister like that”. It’s a great word. I use it all the time.

  9. Karmin:

    I’m from eastern NC and my granddaddy used to say, “You sure can mommick a biscuit!” because I only ate the middles and left a mess. I was lookin theceord up because I’ve never heard anyone else use it and my daughter also mommicks biscuits and I was remembering him fondly :)

  10. Lefty:

    My father (b. 1931 in NW Florida) used the word frequently with the same usage as in the original article.

  11. Catherine Cook:

    My mother grew up in North-Western North Carolina (Madison County) and she often used the term mommick to mean anything messed up or to mean that something causes nausea as in: That mess of collard greens pure mommicks me!

  12. Patricia Frank:

    I love the word “Mommick” or “Mommicked.” I’ve heard it used by Downeaasters here in Carteret County, NC. There is (or was?) a rock band from Emerald Isle, NC called “Pure T Mommicked”

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