05/07/2015 01:12 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Word Origin Comics: Mom's the Word on This Day of All Days

We all idealize our mothers. Abe Lincoln wrote how "All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." Michael Jackson topped it with, "My mother's wonderful. To me she's perfection." It took the mother of an unknown commentator, however, to put such accolades in perspective, reminding her son " I told you a million times not to exaggerate." To which the contemporary mom might add:" I'd like to be the ideal mother, but I'm too busy raising my kids."

Bringing you all back to reality, here's a special Mother's Day greeting, looking at Mom's history; what's behind her special day, and special guests, Oedipus and Saddam Hussein, in what promises to be a real mutha of a column!



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