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I was kind of dismayed last week when the news outlets reported the dropping of "the so-called 'Mother of All Bombs'." They were quick to point out the official name was "Massive Ordinance Air Blast," but that almost seems like an acronym some pencil-pusher came up with after it was already unofficially called the Mother of All Bombs. It's just a terrible nickname for such a frightening weapon. (It put me in mind of "Big Bertha" -- what is it with big bombs being female?)
Anyway, I read an article somewhere saying that the phrase "Mother of all __" became wildly popular after Saddam Hussein used the phrase "mother of all battles" in a speech he gave in the 90's (referring to his war vs. the United States), and that he probably got the phrase from its usage in the Quran. So I tried to google "quran mother of all" but did not come up with any results. Does anyone know if this phrase is actually used in the Quran, and if there were any other significant usages in the 90's?
I can think of similar usages with "daddy" and especially "grandaddy" -- but not "grandmommy" or "grandmother."