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To say knackered to my 2.5 year old dd?

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callmewhatever Sat 23-Aug-14 10:52:44

I generally say to my dd "you're knackered". But my dw has reprimanded me on numerous occasions stating that it's rude for a 2 year old to be saying this (she has said it before when she's been tired). I just assumed it was a normal turn of phrase but apparently I am wrong. So mn jury can we put it to you? smile

nailslikeknives Sat 23-Aug-14 10:57:09

My parents 65-70, would disapprove. I don't but cos of that I say shattered around the kids instead.

FuckyNell Sat 23-Aug-14 10:58:32

I use it but my mum wouldn't. She'd say 'cream crackered' instead grin

StillStayingClassySanDiego Sat 23-Aug-14 11:00:10

It's not a word I'd have wanted my children saying when they were younger and if it was said by a child in my reception class I'd be hmm.

squirrelweasel Sat 23-Aug-14 11:00:41

What is wrong with the word knackered? confused

StillStayingClassySanDiego Sat 23-Aug-14 11:02:38

I'm 46 , maybe it's a generational thing.

chubbyhez Sat 23-Aug-14 11:02:38

Knackered always seemed to occupy a strange space somewhere between swear word and rude when I was growing up. I don't know why.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 23-Aug-14 11:02:45

Some people believe knackered somehow relates to "knackers"/ testicles and is therefore rude.

firesidechat Sat 23-Aug-14 11:03:23

There have been so many threads about this and it's a word that seems to divide people

It's origins were the knackers yard where old horses went to be shot. So in my book it's not rude or offensive and I would use it and I almost never swear.

Some people think it means something more sexual. Is you mum one of those or just very straight laced?

AntoinetteCosway Sat 23-Aug-14 11:03:30

I used this in a job interview once (tiredness was relevant to the job!) and the interviewers both laughed. I had no idea it was inappropriate until afterwards when I mentioned it to a friend blush I did get the job!

firesidechat Sat 23-Aug-14 11:04:31

I'm 50 StillStaying.

firesidechat Sat 23-Aug-14 11:05:08

It's not a pretty word, but not offensive either.

Username12345 Sat 23-Aug-14 11:07:10

Never heard of it being rude or offensive. confused

I use it all the time and I never swear. Is it an age/regional thing?
A lot of people in Yorkshire use it.

squirrelweasel Sat 23-Aug-14 11:09:01

I use it all the time, had no idea some people think it rude!

capant Sat 23-Aug-14 11:09:31

I don't have an issue with this word at all. But since some people do, I agree that it is not good for a very young child to be using it.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 23-Aug-14 11:10:29

Problem is, I didn't realise there was an issue with the word until reading one of the threads on Mumsnet....

MamaPain Sat 23-Aug-14 11:10:40

I always thought, based on who and how it was used, it was similar to "going for a slash" not pleasant but not offensive or rude.

crazykat Sat 23-Aug-14 11:11:35

I say it to my kids all the time but I've told them they aren't allowed to say it.

But I was raised in the army so swear like a squaddie though I'm trying to curb it in front of the kids.

firesidechat Sat 23-Aug-14 11:11:46

I think it's people getting confused between being knackered and knackers. They assume that the origin of knackered is the same as knackers and therefore rude.

Migsy1 Sat 23-Aug-14 11:12:27

I think it used to be a term to mean tired after sex.

firesidechat Sat 23-Aug-14 11:12:58

So all those posters who do use it, do you think it's rude or not?

Nanny0gg Sat 23-Aug-14 11:13:29

It was one step below swearing when I was growing up so I wouldn't use it to children or with people I didn't know well or in the workplace.

BikeRunSki Sat 23-Aug-14 11:13:33

The origin of"knackered" is that it means "sexually exhausted". That is why many people consider it rude.

I encourage my children to say "pooped", which i guess is only slightly better.

miffybun73 Sat 23-Aug-14 11:14:06


Doesn't it mean "exhausted from lots of sex?!"

HappyAgainOneDay Sat 23-Aug-14 11:14:06

It is a rude word. I do not use rude words......

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