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To think 'pratting around' is not swearing?

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MarioandLuigi Mon 27-Jun-11 19:17:14

DH told me off earlier when I said to DS he was 'Pratting around with his dinner'. We have a swear jar and he now I thinks I should put 50p in it.

Its not swearing is it?

worraliberty Mon 27-Jun-11 19:18:46

Probably an area thing.

I don't see it as swearing, but at the same time I wouldn't want my kids using the word.

So I conclude it's more an 'adult' word than a 'swear' word.

How does 25p in the jar sound? grin

GypsyMoth Mon 27-Jun-11 19:20:04

Untill recently I didn't know the word 'twat' was a swear word!!!

We seemed to use It as kids

pointythings Mon 27-Jun-11 19:21:31

Not swearing. Make your DH put in 50 for false arrest smile

PeppermintPanda Mon 27-Jun-11 19:22:43

Fine to me, although I might wince a little if my 5yo said it.

I think you need to put up a laminated list next to the swear jar along with the price for each particular word, so as to avid this sort of convusiomn in future:

Prat - 25p
Plonker - 30p
Arse - 50p
Bollocks - 50p
Shit - 75p
Fuck - £1

AuntiePickleBottom Mon 27-Jun-11 19:23:23

yanbu, i wouldn't class pratting around as a swear word

PeppermintPanda Mon 27-Jun-11 19:24:08


ahem, sorry.

Rockerchic Mon 27-Jun-11 19:24:33

I wouldn't class it as a swear word, and I also know someone with the surname of Pratt!

kaid100 Mon 27-Jun-11 19:24:48

Prat actually means bottom.

I'm not sure about the laminated swear list by the jar, if I saw it as a 5 year old I'd have been tempted to pick it up read it out loud, especially since I wouldn't have known what the words meant.

CrapBag Mon 27-Jun-11 19:25:04

YABU, not something I would say to my DS (3.5) and definitely not something I want him saying.

Ok its not the worse thing you can say but try to think if he repeats it after, you can't really tell him off for it.

worraliberty Mon 27-Jun-11 19:25:08

Peppermint I don't think a shit should be more expensive than a Bollocks shock

PeppermintPanda Mon 27-Jun-11 19:25:46

Er, I was joking, Kaid smile

DurhamDurham Mon 27-Jun-11 19:25:47

In from NE and was very shocked when I moved to London to hear the liberal use of the word 'twat'. In the NE that's the same as saying the C-word and worse then the F-word!!

CrapBag Mon 27-Jun-11 19:26:02

I like Perpermints idea of different prices for different words. smile

seeker Mon 27-Jun-11 19:26:47

Not swaring , but, as ds used to say "Not suitable a me!"

Awomancalledhorse Mon 27-Jun-11 19:26:51

Call him a berk (Dh, not DS!) and see what he thinks!
If he doesn't think berk is worthy of 50p, neither should pratting around.

Our My swear jar is just for cunt, fuck, motherfucker, fuckbucket & shit, think I'd be owed a swear jar rebate if I said prat grin.

MarioandLuigi Mon 27-Jun-11 21:05:29

DS is nearly 11 and I wouldnt mind him saying it, which is my swearword benchmark grin.

Im not paying the fine. DH is only trying to catch me out as he has paid in way more than me, and its being collected soon.

peeriebear Mon 27-Jun-11 21:07:20

a small child calling somebody a prat would probably get something said for rudeness, but using it as a verb is not swearing!

MarioandLuigi Mon 27-Jun-11 21:12:35

yy - like I say fannying about when he isnt getting ready for school, but I wouldnt call anyone a fanny.

alliwant Mon 27-Jun-11 21:15:30

I say fannying about too, its harmless enough I reckon

PerAr6ua Mon 27-Jun-11 21:17:34

I've been using 'pratting' a lot lately. Also prannying. All to avoid 'fartarseing' which is obviously the verb required...

alliwant Mon 27-Jun-11 21:22:44

oooops I have said fartarsing too....... Need to curb my flippant tounge! I never say serious swear words but those two do slip out.... Need some code words, I do say PIA for pain in the arse grin

whydobirdssuddenlyappear Mon 27-Jun-11 21:28:55

Isn't berk actually rhyming slang? From Berkeley Hunt? So it's actually v rude - a fact which would probably horrify my mum, who spent years using it as a 'safe' expletive when we were around...

mumnotmachine Mon 27-Jun-11 22:01:43

LOL- I say fartarsing as well!!

alliwant Tue 28-Jun-11 13:11:50

Ha ha ha,

i'll call more people a berk now when I want to be rude on the sly grin

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