Big Mother n. a government attempting to exercise total control over the well-being of its citizens; parents attempting to constantly monitor or control the activities of their children, especially by means of electronic devices. Etymological Note: After Big Brother, a person or organization exercising total control over people’s lives, from the name of the head of state in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  1. Thanks for making this “official”.

  2. Niki Raapana says:

    I am the original source for this use and definition of the term Big Mother. I first used it in the working title of my book in 1999 called Big Mother, an Unsustainable Concept. I co-wrote Big Mother’s Double Tongued Dictionary in 2000, it was published at our website, The Anti Communitarian League,, and we published it at the back of our book, “2020: Our Common Destiny in 2006 and again in 2012. Please correct the source. Thank you.

  3. Niki, you may have independently coined the word but you are not the originator of it. Here’s a use from 1978: I’ve also seen mentions of it in texts from 1973.

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