To deplore the ever-increasing use of the word, butt, when you mean bum?

(119 Posts)
Breadandwine Tue 28-Jan-14 12:22:51

The proper word for that part of our anatomy is arse, or bum or, in polite society, bottom!

'Butt' is a measly-mouthed substitute creeping more and more into our language.

I mean, "Get up off your arse you lazy scum-bag!" (When addressing your DH.)

Or, "Get up off your bum you lazy scum-bag"

Or, "Get up off your butt you lazy scum-bag!"

Which has the greater impact?

The last is a complete cop-out, folks - and we should object to it every time we hear it or see it!

Yes it's the creaping Americanisation of our language. I detest it.

LadyBeagleEyes Tue 28-Jan-14 12:25:48

I agree, bum and arse are perfectly good British words.
Butt is American. I blame them wink

Creeping even grin The irony!

OhBuggerandArse Tue 28-Jan-14 12:26:42

Bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum.

It is one of the best words we have. Use it don't lose it!




RalphRecklessCardew Tue 28-Jan-14 12:27:34

'Mealy-mouthed'? I don't think that means what you think it means.

Iwannalaylikethisforever Tue 28-Jan-14 12:29:55

Absolutely agree.
Really dislike Americanisms creeping in
But butt is a pain the arse!

ProfessorSkullyMental Tue 28-Jan-14 12:30:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Iwannalaylikethisforever Tue 28-Jan-14 12:32:14

Ralph , I wondered about that mealy/measley
Someone I know uses mealy-mouthed... But not measley

RevoltInParadise Tue 28-Jan-14 12:32:19

I hate it! my son read it in a book and started saying it. we told him off but not quick enough for the three year old to hear it and say 'please can you wipe my butt?' no, I can wipe your bum tho....

hootloop Tue 28-Jan-14 12:32:21

I say 'get off your backside' am I ok?

Nancy66 Tue 28-Jan-14 12:35:43

yeah but when Americans say 'fanny' for their arse that's always hilarious.

Going to American and being told 'park your fanny there and I'll be over to take your order' by a waitress is the best.

DameFanny Tue 28-Jan-14 12:37:17

Yanbu. Also, it's arse. Not ass. Ass is some sort of donkey thing. Arse. Arse.

mrspremise Tue 28-Jan-14 13:10:26

BUM! *runs off giggling*

tumbletumble Tue 28-Jan-14 13:13:03

Meh. Butt, bum, whatever.

Feminine Tue 28-Jan-14 13:15:13

I lived in the US for years.

For me, it is BUTT all the way.

Sorry op so sorry! grin

squoosh Tue 28-Jan-14 13:27:43

I’ve never said ‘butt’, some words like that I can only say if putting on an American accent. Like ‘TOTALLY AWESOME’ or ‘THAT SUCKS’ can only be said Bill & Ted stylee.

It’s ‘bum’ and ‘arse’ for me. ‘Bottom’ always sounds a bit mimsy.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Tue 28-Jan-14 13:30:12

In the inimitable words of Mr Bean: "Poo, Bum, Bottom!"

Gatekeeper Tue 28-Jan-14 13:35:54

I heartily concur!!

we also say 'bot' here in northern england, i.e " I have a git ,big bot" <sadly true>

Also hate ass instead of arse

May I also say that the word/s "reach" and "reaching" out are becoming a bit too common on here and have me grinding my teeth to stumps. Read on here just last week "I'm so glad that you reached out to the police" ! WHAT! The only thing one reaches out for is an object...biscuits for example <see earlier comment about fat bot>

Snowdown Tue 28-Jan-14 13:40:44

I don't like bottom, I hate that's not polite it's just horrible. Butt is fine. Occasionally I like to say buttocks too. Just not bottom. <shiver>

squoosh Tue 28-Jan-14 13:41:41

See I don't like 'bottom' because it's too polite. It's almost apologetic to me.

yoshipoppet Tue 28-Jan-14 13:55:36

If goat attacked me in my garden he might butt me by the water butt, but it would be my bum he hit with his head smile
Although I too am fond of the word Arse.

Fancyashandy Tue 28-Jan-14 13:58:45

Butt, butt, butt, butt.......butt - right bored now but I like it.

Fancyashandy Tue 28-Jan-14 14:00:25

Bottom makes me cringe and think of white crepey, wobbly things.

Loved Emily LLoyd's "Up your bum!"

MrsOakenshield Tue 28-Jan-14 14:01:14

arse all the way

or bottom if you are a small child.

Butt is American so hate it being used by non-Americans. But I actually also really hate the word bum.

learnasyougo Tue 28-Jan-14 14:02:37

I don't understand people wanting to police other people's language when it'st just a reflection of the great variety of words and expressions we have available to us. Dh likes to say byootocks instead of buttocks (out of fun, not because he doesn't know how to say buttocks). bum, arse, rump, butt, behind, derriere are all good words for our posterior. I don't begrudge anyone else's preference for one over another. I love the variety. both in bottoms and in words

summertimeandthelivingiseasy Tue 28-Jan-14 14:05:09
GoldenGytha Tue 28-Jan-14 14:05:24

It's bottom here,

Don't mind bum so much, but never butt.

Absolutely loathe and detest arse, it's akin to swearing IMHO.

The DC are not allowed to say arse in my hearing, and they are 22 and 21!

Fancyashandy Tue 28-Jan-14 14:07:23

Arse is just so emotive and satisfying though, like shite rather than shit.

Procrastinating Tue 28-Jan-14 14:07:50

Agreed OP.

I prefer arse, but my dc all say 'butt'. Can't stand it, we are English not American.
'Gross' also seems to be part of their language, it means FAT not disgusting. As I may have said 1000 times at least. It makes no difference.
Also high fives, I will NEVER do one.

vladthedisorganised Tue 28-Jan-14 14:09:48

Backside, behind or hin-end in this house.
Hin-ends hing oot of the waistbands of the glaikit articles over the road. Arse is a minor cuss ("Oh arse, I forgot to post that...")

Butt is OK, bottom is not IMO, particularly when talking to adults.

boschy Tue 28-Jan-14 14:10:22

please can I add the expression "got to change the baby's bum".

just wrong. you are not carrying out a transplant, you are changing the baby's nappy.

thank you. I will now butt out grin

KatnipEvergreen Tue 28-Jan-14 14:10:26

I don't mind "butt". Definitely more akin to saying "bum" than "arse".

You can't say "Oh butt!" Though, but you can say "Oh bum!" or "Oh arse!"

Or arsebiscuits.

Fanny would be confusing.

Solo Tue 28-Jan-14 14:13:24

Fancyashandy my friend and I toast "up your bum" instead of cheers grin

I agree OP, it's not butt, I hate butt, my Dd (7) has started saying it, my Ds (15) sometimes says NOT butt!!! it's bum or backside or bottom, it's not butt!!!!!!!!!!! we are not American!!! <and breathe>

Butt is hilarious. Makes me think of Bart Simpson though.

I do find it weird how many people object to something just because it's American in origin. It doesn't mean you have to stop saying bum confused

Also I think "Get off your butt" has far more impact than "Get off your bum" but I use bum more often.

Helltotheno Tue 28-Jan-14 14:21:41

OP are you daring to say that British English trumps American English then?? Hrumph...

Y'know if I bumped into you sitting on the sidewalk carring a bag of tomaytos and diapers and you expressed that sucky view, I would tell you to get off your entitled BUTT and do it elsewhere... oh I would be pissed.

You'll be telling those French soon that 'chair' is already a perfectly good word without bringing 'chaise' into the picture...

The cheek grin

Solo Tue 28-Jan-14 14:21:52

I asked my Dd to call Ds downstairs and I told to to tell Brother to "get your backside down these stairs now please" and she wanted to know first if she was allowed to say backside grin.

Solo Tue 28-Jan-14 14:27:13

But if we are English I think it's not unreasonable to speak in a typically English way. I have an American friend and don't object to her use of butt, tomaydo's or diapers. I just don't want my children speaking with those Americanisms thank you!

ComposHat Tue 28-Jan-14 14:30:14


chibi Tue 28-Jan-14 14:31:10

i remain perplexed by the use of bottom here,which apparently encompasses a large area anatomically

i found a worksheet from a pshe lesson in a classroom i teach in which asked ' how many holes do girls have in their bottoms'

it was multiple choice, and 'one hole only' wasn't an option shock

GingerPCatt Tue 28-Jan-14 14:31:43

I'm American living in the uk. I use tuchus is that ok OP?

squoosh Tue 28-Jan-14 14:34:59

Solo hate to break it to you but I'm sure your children use a wide array of American slang as it is. We all do.

DoJo Tue 28-Jan-14 14:35:09

Why do people hate the odd American word making its way over here? Do the same people never have deja vu, despite pyjamas or quash feelings of schadenfreude? Surely if we have room for bottom, bum and arse, we can also accommodate butt? As far as I am concerned, there is no such thing as too many words - why not have a range to pick from so you can find the perfect posterior for any occasion?

Logg1e Tue 28-Jan-14 14:38:40

I feel the same about the use of "cops" or "Feds" when talking about British police officers.

PixieBumbles Tue 28-Jan-14 14:42:23

I have never taken the word butt seriously. Arse and bum, on the other hand, are wonderful words.

I cannot stand tush or tushy. Sounds twee to me.

SamU2 Tue 28-Jan-14 14:44:26

My MIL hates my children saying the word bum. She tries to tell them they should only say bottom.

We have bums for goodness sake.

Fancyashandy Tue 28-Jan-14 14:45:34

All Sounds so stuffy and stiff upper lip, things evolve. I've even used diaper and stroller - they are just words.

schilke Tue 28-Jan-14 14:48:03

Well, I hate the word bum - it makes me shudder. I am quite happy with arse though. I'm more likely to say butt than bum.

JustAWaterForMePlease Tue 28-Jan-14 14:55:36

Interestingly, there's an advert on over here at the m

JustAWaterForMePlease Tue 28-Jan-14 14:57:02

Oops... at the moment (I'm in the US) that very self-consciously uses "bum"...not quite sure why!


limitedperiodonly Tue 28-Jan-14 14:57:42

Butt is a creeping American mimsyism that is to be resisted OP.

But you said 'folks' so YABU for making me think of George W Bush just when I thought I'd forgotten him.

RedRevision Tue 28-Jan-14 15:05:09

And reacting straight to the original of luck to you, Breadandwine

All the grumping in the world hasn't prevented the use of bum becoming widespread, and yes I think it is just as unpleasant as arse which has an equally high profile these days. Someone mentioned 'bottom' being for 'polite use' ...what the hell is wrong with always being polite?

That said, it took my mother weeks to get over being told to park her fanny on a chair - by an American. Why not import that terminology, and see how much fun can be had...............

ComposHat Tue 28-Jan-14 15:05:28


Yes especially as there aare so many good British English colloquialisms for the police.

The filth, the rozzers, the old bill, the tit heads, plod, the busys, polis, the pigs.

All far better than 'the feds'

I do mean butt so there.

SconeRhymesWithGone Tue 28-Jan-14 15:12:02

Pigs for police is used in the US as a very derogatory term; it was especially common in the days of the anti-Vietnam war protests.

GoldenGytha Tue 28-Jan-14 15:31:06

I always say "Police" or sometimes the Scottish "Polis"

Even though I'm Aberdonian, and Polis is a more central saying,

Hate any other names such as "Cops" and "Pigs" which are dreadful,

dorathedestroyer Tue 28-Jan-14 15:33:33

YANBU. I don't mind the fact that lots of different words for bottom exist, but I think what annoys me about 'butt' is the slight coyness about it - like you're not really saying arse. Even though you are. But then I've never found a word for my own female genitalia that I've felt 100% comfortable saying aloud or outside a doctor's surgery; everything sounds either too twee, too forensic, too Middle English or too bad 80s porn film.

Anyway, if arse is good enough for Eliza Doolittle, it's good enough for me.

Topseyt Tue 28-Jan-14 15:38:58

Love this thread. grin.

I am an "arse" or "bum" person myself. Bum is for when I am being sort of polite, although my own parents considered it a swear word!

To me a butt is a cigarette butt (and no, I am not a smoker).

Snowdown Tue 28-Jan-14 15:38:59

Love Bahookie - such a good word. And arse is always said with a Father Jack voice, it may be slightly sweary but it's a good sounding word, and can be laced with lots of feeling.

Logg1e Tue 28-Jan-14 15:39:58

I'd use police, wouldn't mind bobbies or coppers, wouldn't use filth or pigs, obviously.

Solo Tue 28-Jan-14 16:03:36

Squoosh perhaps they do, but not in my presence without being corrected! and I have still got a certain amount of influence ~ especially over the 7yo.

Theodorous Tue 28-Jan-14 16:05:34

Why be so snobby about the us? Invading Iraq was ok so how can we say that using butt isn't?

Solo Tue 28-Jan-14 16:06:48


ProfessorSkullyMental Tue 28-Jan-14 16:08:46

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

squoosh Tue 28-Jan-14 16:11:49

Do they ever use 'okay' or 'cool' or 'TV', all Americanisms.

I just don't see why people get so hung up on all Americanisms being a Bad Thing.

liverpoolnana Tue 28-Jan-14 16:12:23

An acquaintance once had lunch with the Queen, and reported back that H.M. used the word 'behind'. (The Queen was helpfully telling my acquaintance how to prevent the huge table-napkins they apparently use at such dos from slipping off her lap and advised tucking a corner under 'one's behind').
So if it's good enough for the Queen.....

Solo Tue 28-Jan-14 16:12:26

For me, it's about pride and identity. I like being English, speaking properly and teaching my children to do the same. My Dad was Indian and spoke in perfect Queens English. My Mum is from Yorkshire and has, in recent years started to say 'ain't' and 'what?' (instead of 'pardon?') she bloody well taught me to speak properly with great attention to it and I'll be blowed if I'm going to stop now at my ripe old age! and yes, I tell my Mum off too! I don't want the argument with my Dc's 'but Grandma says it' hmm

Nancy66 Tue 28-Jan-14 16:12:47

All the kid round here (south London) say 'Feds'

Birdsighland Tue 28-Jan-14 16:14:38

Butt is most commonly used in media children are exposed to now. It probably sounds cool to youngsters precisely because it's American/global. It also sounds a bit more sterile. Arse really sounds like an arse. I must admit I use arse when rude and behind or (affected) derriere when polite. Butt can be used anywhere. Arse, you have to be more careful about in company.

Birdsighland Tue 28-Jan-14 16:16:35

Language is ever changing though. Nobody speaks in early or middle English anymore. Lots of words used in English change or are imported.

limitedperiodonly Tue 28-Jan-14 16:20:31

I sometimes use Fed. But in an ironic way like I use perp and 'going on the lam'.

Because I'm a middle-aged white English lady I do get some strange looks from the young people that I address.

But the only good thing I've found about middle age is that I've become bullet-proof to embarrassment.

I even do a secret smile, because I can have the lines obliterated with Botox.

newmorning Tue 28-Jan-14 16:21:58

It's the Americanisation of British English.

If you think 'butt' is bad, just wait till people in the UK start calling it a 'fanny'.

Can you imagine? shock

ProfondoRosso Tue 28-Jan-14 16:24:26

Personally, I prefer 'airse' or 'jacksie' grin

'Tuckus' is alright too.

limitedperiodonly Tue 28-Jan-14 16:24:33

squoosh I use okay but cool - no. Trendy or groovy, if I particularly want to embarrass people on my behalf.

It's not TV. It's telly. And as for those weirdos who spell it tele...They are the people who write 'phone.

LadyBeagleEyes Tue 28-Jan-14 16:27:05

I don't think Americanisms are bad at all I like so much about America.
But we have two fine British words, arse and bum for the posterior, why do we need to use butt?
In fact I think we should import arse to the USA.

RufusTheReindeer Tue 28-Jan-14 16:28:47

Usually use the bum word,

Have been know to use butt, but I thought it was short for buttocks

squoosh Tue 28-Jan-14 16:31:03

Groovy has got to be American! I can only say that word in an Austin Powers voice.

I can only imagine people aged 100 or over using the apostrophe before phone. That's seriously retro.

I think I say telly, TV and 'da box'.

ProfondoRosso Tue 28-Jan-14 16:52:46

Some folk do say 'arse' in Canada at 0:37 grin

Solo Tue 28-Jan-14 17:01:26

Telly here too. Use okay, but then again it is a World wide word now.

Rufus I suppose butt is short for buttocks; had never thought of that before! still won't use it though!


Ericaequites Tue 28-Jan-14 17:03:40

Butt is a Southern and Texan American term. In New England, we still say bum.

Don't like butt either. But not as much as I loathe people writing "ass" - how are they pronouncing it? Most people presumably wouldn't say "he acted like a complete ass?" Sounds terribly Enid blyon! (Julian, do stop being an ass!")
So, if you're pronouncing it "arse" why not write arse??

mrspremise Tue 28-Jan-14 17:10:42

Apparently in the U.S.A. a pork shoulder joint is called a pork butt... *Sniggers again*

NewtRipley Tue 28-Jan-14 17:15:21


I'd like to complain about the creeping use of "smart" to mean cleaver or intelligent as well.

I don't mind new words, except when they swallow up perfectly good alternatives


"awesome" - over-used adjective that means children no longer use any of the many synonyms, most of which would be more apt in the circumstances they tend to use the word.

I hate it when language shrinks

NewtRipley Tue 28-Jan-14 17:15:39

clever, not cleaver


curlew Tue 28-Jan-14 17:18:05

I don't much like bum for some reason, either. Bottom is fine.

And don't get me started about people who talk about changing a baby's bum- eughh!

suskia Tue 28-Jan-14 17:18:48

"Butt" niggles but not as much as the insidious creep of "mom".
And "center".
And middle aged white people saying "my bad".

limitedperiodonly Tue 28-Jan-14 17:37:51

squoosh you are groovy, baby, but Austin Powers was English wink. Look at those teeth.

Except that English teeth were not that bad in the scheme of things because we had NHS dentists when I was growing up.

I have a mouth filled with amalgum, but at least I have all my teeth. My dad didn't.

People in their 20s quite often don't have a single filling. I've watched people laughing on Celebrity Big Brother in envy.

I was watching a documentary on Anna Nicole Smith (all right, so it wasn't Kenneth Clark's Civilisation) and I remarked to DH that her 25 year old cousin appeared to have just three teeth in her head and only one of them was a bit white.

He said: 'She's poor. She's probably never been to the dentist.'

And DH is by no means a lefty red flag waver.

Solo Tue 28-Jan-14 17:42:57

Oh yes!! 'mom' and 'my bad' Ugh!!!

squoosh Tue 28-Jan-14 17:44:31

I've never heard a non American say 'my bad'. Is that a thing in the UK?

Also I think 'Mom' is traditional in the West Midlands rather than an American import.

Solo Tue 28-Jan-14 17:49:57

My bad is said all over the place in the south of England now at least. it's been said to me and I've been all shock. Not good!

Topseyt Tue 28-Jan-14 17:58:53

I just see nothing at all wrong with good old Anglo-Saxon. Nowt wrong with having an arse, IMHO. grin

LadyBeagleEyes Tue 28-Jan-14 18:08:13

My ds18 uses my bad. I look at him like this hmm

SconeRhymesWithGone Tue 28-Jan-14 18:20:21

No one says groovy in the US anymore. Very uncool. wink

It's funny about Feds. Is that used now in the UK as slang for any sort of police? In the States, we only use it for Federal as opposed to state and local authorities, so it would apply to the FBI but not to NYPD for example.

Also, I am pretty sure that our use of "ass" for buttocks is actually a derivation of "arse." We lost the 'r' along the way.

DoJo Tue 28-Jan-14 18:40:54

Mom is widely used in the midlands, which is presumably where it was originally exported from to the US. I really don't think that any of these words are replacing their predecessors - they might be 'trendy' at the moment, but in time they will just be another option to be used alongside all the other great words we have.
Also, I was also taught that 'pardon' was common (presumably because it is a shortening of 'I beg your pardon' which was often used as the equivalent of 'did you mean to be so rude?') and 'what' was the 'correct' term to use.

Snowdown Tue 28-Jan-14 20:02:21

Don't like telly, sounds sloppy much prefer tv. Is tv supposed to be American too because I've been using that for nearly 4 decades, not that I'm bothered or precious about Americanisations.

ProfessorSkullyMental Tue 28-Jan-14 22:57:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Solo Wed 29-Jan-14 00:43:01

Whenever we youngsters said/say pardon me (after a burp for instance), my parents always replied 'granted' as in 'I grant your request for a pardon'

Mike101 Mon 10-Feb-14 01:28:28

We say bum there is nothing wrong it. I said to DS sit down
he did not so I said sit on your bum please and he did
I dont like other words that mean the same
so we always use the word bum

Mike101 Mon 10-Feb-14 01:36:52

Yes we only use bum here I said to DS sit down
he did not so I said sit on your bum please
and he did, it is the only word we use and like

BrennanHasAMangina Mon 10-Feb-14 02:16:06

Well, what do Y'all think about 'front bottom'? <giggles>.

I think that unless you're prepared to ban all American media from your home, then you're fighting a losing battle grin. And many of the 'Americanisms' mentioned on this thread are slang and not necessarily widely used by the general population. Most middle-class North-American adults would refer to 'bottoms', 'behinds' or perhaps 'rear-ends' in polite company. 'Butt' is a bit crass and childish.

NadiaWadia Mon 10-Feb-14 05:35:37

I don't like the gradual Americanisation of British English, when we have perfectly good words of our own. And like other say, 'arse' and 'bum' are much better words than 'butt'! 'Feds' for police is just stupid and meaningless in a UK context.

Have you noticed that everyone now says they were 'raised' in, for example, Birmingham. Only 20 years ago or less you would have said you were 'brought up' there, 'Raised' being purely American and rather laughably folksy sounding. Now it seems to be standard, even the BBC uses it. However I will continue to say 'brought up'!

Yes, language evolves, and all that, but due to the influence of American media I think what may happen eventually is that British English disappears entirely. Shouldn't we make a conscious effort to hold on to a British identity and resist American cultural imperialism (is that what it is)?

Trapper Mon 10-Feb-14 05:58:13

I hate it when fish use the word Butt instead of Boat. Do they teach these sprats nothing these days?

complexnumber Mon 10-Feb-14 06:04:35

A Canadian colleague of mine once asked if I had a big arse.

At least, that's what I thought he said. In reality he had asked if I had a big house as he was looking to put up some visitors to our school.

ComposHat Mon 10-Feb-14 07:12:18

complex house and arse sound remarkably similar. I remember walking to a york city versus Mansfield match and heard a Mansfield fan tell his mate 'it's alright I've got a spare DVD player up my arse'

I thought he was walking strangly.

ComposHat Mon 10-Feb-14 07:12:48

I sho

ComposHat Mon 10-Feb-14 07:13:54

Oops third attempt. House and arse sound remarkably similar in an east Midlands dialect.

LittleBabySqueakSqueak Mon 10-Feb-14 11:23:39

I think butt occupies a useful middle ground between bum, which is childishly cheeky, and arse, which is properly rude.

Littleen Mon 10-Feb-14 13:27:11

Butt belongs in USA!
I used to say 'ass' when first moved to UK, and omg the weird looks I got. I didn't even know about the words 'bum' or 'bottom'! So I quickly stopped using that. Haha. I call it bum now as bottom feels too posh for me somehow.

Doonhamer Mon 10-Feb-14 13:31:50

Vlad _ I say hin-end too. But more often than not I say "Erse". Unless I am talking to children in which case I say bum or bottom.

Pigeonhouse Mon 10-Feb-14 13:38:20

I hate the word 'bum', along with 'boobs'. It conjures up all kinds of Carry On/Kenneth Williams/Benny Hill/oo'err missus types of 'naughtiness'.

Point of information, Elizabeth Barrett Browning had an Aunt Bummy (really called Arabella, but known to all as Bummy). It makes reading some of her correspondence hilarious if you have a juvenile sense of humour...

ConferencePear Mon 10-Feb-14 13:38:34

This thread has reminded me about a very straight-laced woman I worked with a few years ago on an archaeological dig who asked if she could photograph my fanny.
When all the misunderstandings were over she produced an artistic collage of photographs of all the digger's (very muddy) bums.

Mike101 Tue 11-Feb-14 09:55:24

We do not swear and will not let them. they know if they did
swear they will be in a lot of trouble so they dont
the only word that i feel is not a swear word is bum
and will only let them use it in the wright way

IdRatherPlayHereWithAllTheMadM Tue 11-Feb-14 09:56:37

FIL does this, or ass...

he thinks it makes him sound cool and he is the straightest rod there was.

Mike101 Tue 11-Feb-14 10:01:38

I totally agree with that statement.
a*se it is rude

fluffyraggies Tue 11-Feb-14 10:06:35

i've pulled my DD3 (15) up for using butt instead of bum/bottom/arse.

Recently, horror of horrors, she said shopping '*mall*', FGS, instead of 'center'. DH and i both looked up and said ''mall??'' at the same time ... she hasn't said it again. i blame too much american tv.

Mike101 Tue 11-Feb-14 10:26:41

yes I agree i dont like the butt word to

mineof4 Thu 13-Feb-14 09:10:11

we only say bum here

I also hate it when people use 'movies' instead of 'films'. while we`'re on the subject.

Gatekeeper Fri 14-Feb-14 14:54:43

I HATE movies as sounds cringeworthy when British people say it . I am also unable to say "guy" or "you guys" as well; argghh

"reaching out"
"loving it"
"journey" (other than on the bus/train etc)

<goes for a calming sherry>

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