Your Momma

A brief history of Your Momma, thought this was funny!!!

Historic usage:

Although this may appear to be a recent phenomenon, one can find variants in classical literature. William Shakespeare used such a device in Act I Scene 1 of Timon of Athens:

The Life of Timon of Athens

Painter: “Y’are a dog.”
Apemantus: “Thy mother’s of my generation. What’s she, if I be a dog?”

Also in Act IV, Scene II of Titus Andronicus, Aaron taunts his lover’s sons:
Titus Andronicus

Demetrius: “Villain, what hast thou done?”
Aaron: “That which thou canst not undo.”
Chiron: “Thou hast undone our mother.”
Aaron: “Villain, I have done thy mother.”

In popular culture “Your mother” jokes became common in North American pop culture in the early nineties. The Pharcyde’s 1992 track “Ya Mama” echoed it. Mexican film Y Tu Mama Tambien’s title is an equivalent usage in Spanish (“and your mother too”). There is also a television show Yo Momma (TV series) featuring contestants “playing the dozens”. The Australian hiphop outfit Butterfingers released a song called “Yo Mama” that made number 17 on the 2004 Triple J Hottest 100.

In the early nineties, British comedy duo Newman and Baddiel of The Mary Whitehouse Experience added an extra layer of irony to the mother insult by using it extensively in their “History Today” routines in which two restrained elderly university professors debate history seriously until breaking into childish insults, often using the format “See that _______? That’s your Momma.”

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