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To hate children that correct adults!

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englandsmistress Tue 14-Dec-10 10:14:14

My colleague brings her son (9) in to the office today. As they leave I say to him "Happy Christmas, I hope santa brings you the most brilliantest presents"
To which he says, as he rolls his eyes skyward, "it's 'most brilli-ANT'"

and tuts.

Little, shit. He's not even cute wink

CerealOffender Tue 14-Dec-10 10:15:54

what a cunt, push him down the stairs next time

TrillianAstra Tue 14-Dec-10 10:16:35

Would you have preferred "Please don't patronise me with baby words, I am 9"?

CerealOffender Tue 14-Dec-10 10:17:20

englandsmistress - i suggest you stop watching charlie and lola

onmyfeet Tue 14-Dec-10 10:17:41


juneybean Tue 14-Dec-10 10:18:30

YANBU I've been doing a job with a 6 year old and he's always right. Even when I talk properly, he's right.

ilovemyfestivehens Tue 14-Dec-10 10:18:39

I think you asked for it tbh. Brilliantest is a stupid word and even my 6 year old would have raised an eyebrow at that one hmm

Yulephemia Tue 14-Dec-10 10:24:16

It makes me laugh when pupils try to correct my English. grin

For example, I would say something like "I will come round and see what you have written" and little Adam (aged 6) pipes up "Miss, it's wrote, not written", pronouncing "written" as if I had gone completely mad and started making up words!

FindingAManger Tue 14-Dec-10 10:25:03

he should have just left you floundering in La-la-la-la-Lola land! grin

edam Tue 14-Dec-10 10:29:40

Rude child.

ds has a horrible habit of correcting me when I stumble over my words. Really irritating and I've pointed out it is very rude - although at least it only seems to be me he corrects, not anyone else.

Although I had to give in and admit it was amusing when I was very tired reading Horrid Henry one night and managed to call his brother 'Perfect Pizza'. grin

MumNWLondon Tue 14-Dec-10 10:32:46

Sorry your fault in this situation, no such word as brilliantest and he was 9.

edam Tue 14-Dec-10 10:36:15

It may not be in the dictionary but the child was still being rude.

monkeyjamtart Tue 14-Dec-10 10:36:40

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Katisha Tue 14-Dec-10 10:37:50

Children that age have very black and white ideas about right and wrong. The feelings of the adult tend not to come into it.

Sad to say I think mine would have said something similar as well, and that yes, it would have come across as precocious, but wouldn't have been meant in a superior brattish way.

Adair Tue 14-Dec-10 10:39:16

YANBU. It's rude. And joyless. I would be a bit hmm too.

I would have said, 'oops, I hope Santa brings you rubbish presents then' and stuck my tongue out. <childish>

englandsmistress Tue 14-Dec-10 10:40:07

ha ha the first response made my laugh a lot.

I know it's a studid word, and the child was right.

But in my day you would never correct an adult! You'd just quietly think to yourself "what a twat"

It was the asumption by the child that i wasn't aware that 'brilliantest' wasn't a word.

englandsmistress Tue 14-Dec-10 10:40:57

I like Adairs idea. If I could go back that is what i would say.

HuwEdwards Tue 14-Dec-10 10:42:44

My DD (9) wouldn't have corrected you but would've no doubt asked me why you were speaking in toddler language to her.

Katisha Tue 14-Dec-10 10:44:00

It's not joyless. Poor kid probably didn't realise OP was using deliberately wrong grammar for comic effect.

On the other hand, if he is generally a clever clogs to adults that is a different matter.

BecauseItoldYouSo Tue 14-Dec-10 10:46:13

I don't think it is unreasonable or rude at all. Why shouldn't they show you up if you speak to them like they are two?

Good on him!

FourEyesGood Tue 14-Dec-10 10:46:22

If you know "brilliantest" isn't a word, you shouldn't have used it. The child was being a bit precocious, but I don't think he was rude.

N.B. Your title should read "To hate children who correct adults?" - but maybe you can more readily accept correction from an adult? grin

LunaticFringe Tue 14-Dec-10 10:47:18

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TrillianAstra Tue 14-Dec-10 10:53:26

FourEyes I thought that too grin

HeathcliffMoorland Tue 14-Dec-10 10:57:41


I know it's not a word, but it's the kind of thing I might even say to another adult in humour. (This being AIBU, expecting comments to be passed on my sense of humour).

I would also hate the assumption that I didn't know it wasn't a word.

BellyLikeABowlFullOfJelly Tue 14-Dec-10 10:58:27

I can't stand it.. I would never have dreamed f correcting an adult when I was a child. I think the problem is some parents are quite proud of their children doing it.

I have one ex friend who has taught her step son to correct her PIL on table manners etc... I think it's beyond rude. But I blame her not the boy.

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