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

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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!

applepieinthesky Tue 28-Jan-14 12:25:12

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

applepieinthesky Tue 28-Jan-14 12:26:11

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Message withdrawn at poster's request.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.

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