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

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BobbysBeardOfWonder Wed 16-Jan-13 13:10:55

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

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.

breatheslowly Wed 16-Jan-13 16:47:51

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.

HeadfirstForHalos Wed 16-Jan-13 17:19:10

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!

ThreeBeeOneGee Wed 16-Jan-13 19:11:25

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?

BobbysBeardOfWonder Wed 16-Jan-13 19:39:26

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

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