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To have stopped my daughter going for a wee...

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Pavlovthecat Fri 19-Oct-12 19:43:02

She said "i'm going toilet"and then ran off. I called her back and said "you mean "I am going ^to the bathroom^" ". And got her to repeat it bak before she could go.

Of course, bathroom, toilet, loo, whatever word you choose, but the poor expression of it shocked me!


Pavlovthecat Fri 19-Oct-12 19:43:49

She is 6 not that it makes it better!

valiumredhead Fri 19-Oct-12 19:44:57

Errr, ok confused

valiumredhead Fri 19-Oct-12 19:45:10

Are you American?

Northernlurkerisbehindyouboo Fri 19-Oct-12 19:46:04

YANBU to correct her and it's your carpet - you took the risk of a wet carpet and upset dd and got away with it. Correct use of language is worth it though grin

IvorHughJackolantern Fri 19-Oct-12 19:46:05

Well this is odd confused

Pavlovthecat Fri 19-Oct-12 19:48:09

No, do only Americans say '...going to the xxx, ? Going shops? Going toilet? Going school? Is that correct English?

I did not actually stop her. I was exaggerating mildly. I am sure she would not have actually returned from the bathroom (which incidental is where she went for a wee) to repeat it correctly if she was going to wet herself...

Floggingmolly Fri 19-Oct-12 19:49:00

Was it the word "toilet" you objected to? We were told to use "loo" as kids, because toilets are common. My poor mum!

valiumredhead Fri 19-Oct-12 19:49:20

Oh sorry - I have re read and see she missed out the 'to the' - I thought you were snotty about her saying toilet and not bathroom.

Pavlovthecat Fri 19-Oct-12 19:50:10 Dh is American. And he speaks very good English. Apart from 'peana buddah! (Work that one out)

Northern, thanks for the vote of me not being odd...grin

valiumredhead Fri 19-Oct-12 19:50:17

Seriously you are in for a rough time if you are so easily shocked grin

I would have let her go, and corrected her grammar afterwards.

pootlebug Fri 19-Oct-12 19:50:47

I'm assuming it is the fact that you corrected 'toilet' to 'bathroom' that leads people to assume you are American. My kids say they need the toilet, or need a wee, or whatever. They'd never say they are going to the bathroom, but then nor would I, or indeed anyone I know that I can think of.

Floggingmolly Fri 19-Oct-12 19:50:56

Ah, ok. The verbal equivalent of text speak. No, YANBU. Nip it in the bud NOW. grin

Pavlovthecat Fri 19-Oct-12 19:51:43

No, I thought I made that clear, use whatever take your fancy for the purpose of going to the loo. I call it loo or bathroom, but technically, she was going to the bathroom so she did not really need to announce her actions. Like, I don't need to know she is having a poo. But, yes, it was the 'going to' that made me sit very upright.

Marrow Fri 19-Oct-12 19:51:55

My Dd does this constantly and it really irritates me!

Witchety Fri 19-Oct-12 19:52:20

I know what you mean Pavlov

My ds is 14 and I've not been able to stop him saying that!

Pavlovthecat Fri 19-Oct-12 19:55:20

STD no not afterwards,y the time she has read a magazine, washed her hands and the entire bathroom with large amounts of liquid hand wash she would look at me like confused when I mentioned it.

golemmings Fri 19-Oct-12 19:55:38

It's a very north staffs expression. Stokies go places; never to the... Unless they're going to Hamlet and they ullus go up 'anley, duck.

My mum would have done what you did. But then in response to my first letter home from uni she sent me a list of corrected prepositions!

Pavlovthecat Fri 19-Oct-12 19:59:14

And it is not like I am particularly well spoken either. I do correct DH too when he says 'peana 'Buddha' I say " peanuT buTTer". I ignore 'cell phone' now.

Pavlovthecat Fri 19-Oct-12 20:04:26

golem local dialect here would probably have said the same. However, they do add 'to' to every question. "Where's that to?" "Where you going to" "where's the party to?" The first time I heard that last sentence, I had to ask him to repeat it several times. They also add 'lover' so they would say 'I'm going shops, where is it to my lover?" For '" i need to go to the shops, do you know how to get there?"

Arithmeticulous Fri 19-Oct-12 20:23:34

YABU. I've spent many a bath time with shampoo in my eyes begging for a towel as my dad stood there saying "tow-ELLE" not "to'el"

Mind you, I was had a kid made to apologise to me for saying "hey" to me in the park by his American mother - WTF was that about? When did hey become bad?

HoneyDragon Fri 19-Oct-12 20:26:16

I don't have this issue. I simply get TOileeeeeeeeet and then Ds stampeding porcelainward hmm

Tuttutitlookslikerain Fri 19-Oct-12 20:28:09


Learn to pick your battles!

StillIRise Fri 19-Oct-12 20:33:03


I am scarred by the evil witch teacher who refused to let me out of the classroom for asking 'please can i go to the loo?' (very english child in welsh school, not welsh speaking, think she wanted me to say toilet)

Not knowing what she was on about all i could do was beg until i wet myself.

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