To wonder why nursery can't say 'poo'?

(83 Posts)

They say 'bowel movement', which is of course a more technically correct name, but come on, just say poo! We're talking about small kids here, not grown-ups unlike me grin

MonaLotte Wed 16-Jan-13 13:11:36

I hate the word poo! I say poop so there!

MrsMelons Wed 16-Jan-13 13:12:33

because they are being daft, our nursery said poo!

MrsGeologist Wed 16-Jan-13 13:14:46

Dr Ranj says poo.

I think you should only ever refer to it as faeces and the action as defecating. Whenever the staff mention a 'bowel movement', purse your lips in disapproval. Go on, I dare you! grin

Either that, or start referring to it as shit, which sounds especially good in the past tense: " Don't worry, he/she shat after breakfast, so you should be OK for a few hours".

Oh yes I say poop too grin

grin ThreeBees!

fluffyanimal Wed 16-Jan-13 13:17:19

Even the GI consultant I saw recently said "poo".

My DS's nursery refers to the boys' penises as tails. That led to all kinds of confusion!

Wtf fluffy?! Are they embarrassed or somat?

LoopsInHoops Wed 16-Jan-13 13:20:26

Urgh I hate 'poop'. Sounds like some overly kitsch American parent couldn't handle the word 'poo'.

NaturalBaby Wed 16-Jan-13 13:25:05


ArtemisatBrauron Wed 16-Jan-13 13:26:16

Fluffy. Hahaha at "tails", that is very weird and bound to lead to therapy later in life grin

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Wed 16-Jan-13 13:27:05

That's fucking ridiculous to refer to penises as tails!! How stupid!

If you are dealing with anyone under the age of 97, it is fine to say poo. No idea about after 97.


Splinters Wed 16-Jan-13 13:27:06

Tails! Ha!

nickelbabe Wed 16-Jan-13 13:27:11

poop is an awful word.

poo is Brit English.

KoalaTale Wed 16-Jan-13 13:29:14

Lol at 'tails'!!! What name is given for little girls privates?I don't know what the norm is to teach toddler dd, I imagine boys is willy?

WhatchuTalkinBoutPhyllis Wed 16-Jan-13 13:30:07


LoopsInHoops Wed 16-Jan-13 13:31:24

Tails?!!! I'd be complaining about that, they are going to get mightily confused by that!

littlemisssunny Wed 16-Jan-13 13:32:08

My sons nursery school refered to them as tails aswell! Very confusing!

And what's wrong with the word poo? Bowel movement just sounds weird!

Penis is actually taken from the Latin word for it's not that outrageous.

It does sound odd in today's society though grin

everlong Wed 16-Jan-13 13:35:58

Poop aka poopy coop. That's just wrong.

Turd is better wink

Chopsypie Wed 16-Jan-13 13:40:17

When I went for my scan the sonographer said that my baby had 'boy parts'

It wasnt until afterwards I realised that sure as a medical professional, she should have been comfortable with the word penis?

juneybean Wed 16-Jan-13 13:46:18

On daily sheets I'm nurseries I've worked in we used to write dirty or wet

carabos Wed 16-Jan-13 14:16:29

A former colleague always used to use "tail" when she meant "penis" (and she mentioned them surprisingly often for a work environment grin). I had never heard the expression before and it took me ages to work out what the hell she was talking about (and indeed why she was talking about them at work). She called her clitoris her "bean" and her vagina her "foof". It was actually quite difficult to have a sensible conversation with her she talked about sex all the time.

When she had a one-night stand with a very ungallant mate of mine, he insisted that he wouldn't go out with her again because it was too terrifying being in bed with someone who talked in a baby voice and wanted him to say "night night to foo-foo" after sex...hmm.

Think poo is less discomfiting however...

TiggyD Wed 16-Jan-13 14:20:06

It's normally dirty or soiled when written, poo or dirty when spoken in the nurseries I work in. Some do spell poo as pooh though.

And one child I looked after called it shit, but he was from Reading.

nokidshere Wed 16-Jan-13 14:21:24

nearly as bad as the letters home from school informing us that there are "visitors" in class hahaha (nits) I always want to go and ask them who they are and how long they are staying smile

AfternoonsandCoffeespoons Wed 16-Jan-13 14:23:42

And one child I looked after called it shit, but he was from Reading grin

BreastmilkNewYearLatte Wed 16-Jan-13 14:25:10

<When I went for my scan the sonographer said that my baby had 'boy parts'>

Mine said 'I think I can see an indication of some blue'. If it hadn't been a very obvious willy, I might have been confused...

Our school's whole Keeping Children Safe policy is based on children using proper words from the very beginning. Apparently it's a real issue in child protection cases as so much confusing language is used.

They have all been taught penis, vagina, anus and testicles.

This has resulted in DS1 referring to his peanut and his tentacles however, so not entirely sure it's helped.

I was really surprised at how many parents objected to this approach and were reluctant to use the words themselves.

'Poo' is the least of their worries!

TripleRock Wed 16-Jan-13 14:32:37

nokidshere I shared a bath with DD yesterday only to find that we had also been joined by a 'visitor'.

Unfortunately said visitor was a 6 inch 'bowel movement'


<When I went for my scan the sonographer said that my baby had 'boy parts'>

Mine said 'extra parts'. I found that hilarious and disturbing in equal measures.

I think I might teach DS-to-be it's a peanut and tentacles, just for the lolz. I've already taught DD the polite Zulu slang for her bits (translates as 'insect', WTF), because that is what I was taught they were called when I was little.

Loving peanut & tentacles grin

I told DD that her baby brother had a penis. DH went like this hmm so I've reverted to calling it a willy for the moment. Even he can't cope! hmm

NatashaBee Wed 16-Jan-13 14:51:14

DS's nursery use the abbreviation 'BM' when marking on his notes whether he had a wet or dirty nappy. DH was trying to work out what it meant and eventually came up with 'Barry Manilow' hmm

Notafoodbabyanymore Wed 16-Jan-13 14:51:52

Triple that's absolutely hilarious, really made me laugh.

I work in a Childcare centre and we would say poo, and also use correct anatomical names for genitalia. I am in Australia, so maybe less polite in general?


Yes "poop" is revolting and twee and American. Say poo FFS. It's like saying "trump" instead of fart.

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Wed 16-Jan-13 14:58:28

YouWithTheFace - what is the Zulu polite slang for fanny? And willy, for that matter. grin

Yes "poop" is revolting and twee and American. Say poo FFS. It's like saying "trump" instead of fart.

TripleRock Wed 16-Jan-13 15:02:35

I say trump blush

I didn't know trump was American. sad I find it a rather funny word blush

jaggythistle Wed 16-Jan-13 15:10:23

It's a pump not a trump in our family as that's what it was called when I was wee.

I tried to explain to DS1 about wind when he was 2 and a bit, he then started announcing that he was "about to do some wind" or just "I'm winding". grin

Is it considered rude to say fart then? That's what I've taught 2.5yo DD, but MiL looked horrified when DD merrily said she'd farted last night hmmgrin

BonaDea Wed 16-Jan-13 15:20:32

Lol at carabos - the mind boggles about where you work!

lljkk Wed 16-Jan-13 15:31:21

I think poo or poop are both ridiculously babyish words. I can't think of anything better, though. Faeces is the closest to a genuine grown up word but even i think it sounds poncy. Muck, maybe?

Enfyshedd Wed 16-Jan-13 15:49:38

DSS2 is Doctor Who obsessed and insists on his DW magazine every week (stay with me here). We went to visit DMIL last year and when we were in the car from the train station to MIL's house, DSS2 (then 5) started telling his GM enthusiastically that "this week's DW magazine comes with Ood Testicles!" (it was an Ood tentacle mask)

Pause, followed by screaming, crying laughter by DP, DMIL, DSS1 and me over which you could only just hear DSS2 crying "It's not funny!!!". DP said it was all he do to keep the car straight.

valiumredhead Wed 16-Jan-13 15:52:31

It even refers to 'poo' in medicine leaflets so they are being ridiculous!

TidyDancer Wed 16-Jan-13 16:03:51

Seriously?! Tail as a term for penis?! Trump and pump for fart?! And nurseries being afraid to say poo (can't stand pooh either!)?! Wtf is going on?!

OddBoots Wed 16-Jan-13 16:07:12

I work in a pre-school I'm happy to say 'poo' when talking but I do tend to write 'soiled' when writing about a nappy/clothing change in the contact book - I'm not sure why.

I prefer to use anatomical terms for body parts but there are other staff who disapprove and think that parents will disapprove to so I tend to avoid any names unless I have heard the child refer to a part themselves then I use what they use.

Bonsoir Wed 16-Jan-13 16:13:12

I think nurseries ought to use the vernacular - poo, wee, willy, mum(my), dad(dy) etc. It is very important for children to know the vernacular - plenty of time for anatomical correctness and euphemism.

VikingLady Wed 16-Jan-13 16:28:17

And one child I looked after called it shit, but he was from Reading

Actually, genuinely, crying at that!

thegreylady Wed 16-Jan-13 16:36:25

When I were a lass back in the dark ages a fart was a pump and a poo was a pap.
Poo is a relatively recent addition to the vocabulary-the polite term was 'number two'

Greensleeves Wed 16-Jan-13 16:40:18

I really wish it was acceptable to just say shit. Shit is the most appropriate and least embarrassing word for it. It does the job perfectly. It's shit. Ditto piss.

Bonsoir Wed 16-Jan-13 16:45:27

Shit and piss are slang and rude; poo and wee are the vernacular and polite in intimate circles or if you are very young or interacting with the very young.

I think nurseries use another word as children often seem to rather like the word "poo" and if they hear it at handover they just repeat it over and over or maybe that is just my DD. Our nursery says BM, but I assume they ask her if she has done a poo. I'm now curious and will have to ask them.

Sounds a bit anally retentive to me.

hopeful92 Wed 16-Jan-13 16:54:46

For goodness sake, this PC bollocks does my head in. Poo is poo. We are not in America. Americans say poop. A bowel movement is misleading - your bowel does not move in the slightest. Defecating is just plain ridiculous when talking to a 3 year old. When talking to or about a child it is perfectly acceptable to say poo! I still say poo now! I wouldn't say to my boyfrien "you might wanna spray in there I have just had a bowel movement!" Ha! Another American term which I have heard English nurseries use is "go potty". No - just no!! All this politically correct ridiculousness winds me up.

And as for a tail for a penis.. Just don't get me started.

Bonsoir Wed 16-Jan-13 17:00:49

Oh "go potty" is madness. In English English, "to go potty" = "to go mad".

TheEarlOfDoncaster1963 Wed 16-Jan-13 17:02:18

I had a friend from Derbyshire who used to say 'tail' instead of willy/knob. I assumed it was a northern thing.

PandaNot Wed 16-Jan-13 17:05:57

I think tail for penis might well be a northern thing. Certainly it's the most common expression for it in the north east.

Eskino Wed 16-Jan-13 17:10:56

The pursed lip brigade who I occasionally have to work with would balk even at "bowel movement".

They like to say, "Bee-Emm" in hushed tones.

The doctor in the NHS ad for bowel cancer awareness says poo.

porridgewithalmondmilk Wed 16-Jan-13 17:27:35


UnderwaterBasketWeaving Wed 16-Jan-13 17:28:34

I have 30 stools in my lab!

DrinkFeckArseGirls Wed 16-Jan-13 17:32:52

Is your child going to my child's nursery, OP? grin

N0tinmylife Wed 16-Jan-13 17:34:50

When DS was in pre school they used to call dog poo, doggy do, there was always a lot of it on the pavement that needed avoiding when they were out for a walk. It used to drive me up the wall!

MsPickle Wed 16-Jan-13 17:35:48

Undercover Boss USA (I only watch the finest daytime tv when breastfeeding smile) I was introduced to an "AFR" in a water slide complex.

I was baffled until they revealed it was an "accidental faecal release". Also known as a poo in the pool.

Nursery potty training notes of the future?

starfishmummy Wed 16-Jan-13 17:36:53

Surely "bowel movement" is the actual "doing", so moving your bowels is the physical act of having a shit. The product of this is shit/poo/crap etc - although I have often heard medical professionals refer to it as a "stool".

Clawdy Wed 16-Jan-13 18:25:08

When I started teaching years ago,quite a few children called it "doo-doo". When I had first ds,my next-door neighbour said she hated the word "poo" and her two toddlers were taught to say they'd "done a mo" (short for motion)!! smile

confusteling Wed 16-Jan-13 18:39:52

My family have always said it's perfectly acceptable to say "shit" as long as you use it in the right context. My 80+ year old gt gt aunt refers to it that way. Although generally they use it more in the context of animals - I don't think my gt gt aunt has ever discussed using the loo with me!

My GP quite happily uses the term "shite" as opposed to poo or anything.

I think it might be a Scottish thing!

Likewise, my grandmother (who was quite formal and the epitome of decorum) would say "the dog's shat all over the floor". I think it might be a country thing, as she grew up on a farm.

thegreylady Wed 16-Jan-13 19:12:13

My dh tells me his dc [my steps] were brought up to say "turdy"!!!!!

insancerre Wed 16-Jan-13 19:18:50

I have worked in many nurseries and most of them write s for soiled for a poo in diaries etc but use poo when talking
one nursery used to write 'dirty' for a poo which I found very odd- it's not dirty to have a poo is it?
where I am now they write p for poo on the chart but I have found myself writing s for soiled as I have been conditioned to do it that way

insancerre Wed 16-Jan-13 19:19:30

oh and tail for penis is a north east thing isn't it?

milkwagon Wed 16-Jan-13 19:36:57

Oh for goodness sake! hmm

How about 'dump'? 'My DD had a dump', 'mummy, I need to have a dump', no?

grin at 'dump'

IneedAsockamnesty Wed 16-Jan-13 19:51:41

Now all we really need is for one of the children to say in that lovely loud clear voice they use.....

"Fuck sake its shit not a fucking BM you cunt"

I know it of course wouldn't be funny but still ok I admit it as long as it wasn't my child it would be funny

Kirk1 Wed 16-Jan-13 20:01:47

I don't think "tail" for penis is exclusively north west, it's what my Father used, and he's born, bred and likely to die Bristolian. I tend to say poo, and willy although I'm now very tempted to introduce "peanut and tentacles" to the family grin

ClippedPhoenix Wed 16-Jan-13 20:03:37

I say your child did a right stinker today grin

carabos Wed 16-Jan-13 20:10:00

insancerre I'm from Newcastle and hasn't heard the word "tail" used for penis until about 10 years ago, and only from one person, in Yorkshire. I've never heard anyone else use it before or since (thankfully grin).

insancerre Wed 16-Jan-13 20:22:33

carabos I lived on wearside for several years and heard it a lot there.
I had never heard it before or since apart from one lady who was from the NE and I have lived in Norfolk, Bucks, North Yorks, County Durham and Lancs.
I just assumed it was a NE thing

Tanith Wed 16-Jan-13 20:55:33

Tubbs (The League of Gentlemen) used to say Tails and No-Tails for men and women.

CaptainNancy Wed 16-Jan-13 21:06:41

I've never heard the 'tails' thing before- very odd!

I realised my 7yo didn't know what 'willy' meant the other day, when she read out a joke, but didn't get it... we use penis and vulva for their body parts.

Well, we've just ended up using a mix of words. Nunu (sp?) was the polite Zulu slang I was taught when I was little, and that was for boys and girls, so that is what DD calls it. However, she does 'poefies' in her nappies (Afrikaans for, yes, poos) and calls farts 'poepies'. Heavens knows what she'll end up calling them here in England.

One of the Afrik options for 'willy' is apparently 'totterman', which I think is so utterly hilarious DS will probably learn that one from me... I have also heard it being called a 'slurpie', which is a little [elephant] trunk.

My Mum's family all say tail instead of willy or whatever. They are all from Derbyshire. I've just asked my Dad, who's from Norfolk what his family called them and he very primly said they called them their privates. hmm

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