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To think a 5 year old boy 'blowing a raspberry' is actually just spitting?

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GreenEva Thu 21-May-15 19:09:53

What would you call it?

In context, a boy at DS's school 'blew a raspberry' in his face after a playground disagreement.

AIBU to call this spitting?

ChristianGreyIsAJackass Thu 21-May-15 19:11:08

Hmm, no, it isn't spitting imo... But it isn't nice either.

I think it's fairly harmless unless he was an inch away and actually showered him with spit

Lara2 Thu 21-May-15 19:13:48

No, it's blowing a raspberry. As Christian said, not very polite or nice, but not spitting.

FiveExclamations Thu 21-May-15 19:14:46

If I was talking to someone about it, for example a teacher, then I'd say "So and so blew a raspberry in my DS's face, covering it in spit." Then you avoid the whole "I didn't spit!" argument from the child who thinks they've just blown a raspberry and think's it's funny.

I'd probably not tell a teacher if it was a one off thing though, foul as I think it is [not a raspberry fan], I'd wait to see if it happens again.

cariadlet Thu 21-May-15 19:15:06

Not nice, but better than hitting or kicking him. It's the sort of thing that little kids do when they're cross with each other.

Yarp Thu 21-May-15 19:15:48

No, it's not spitting.

If it's done in an aggressive way, then it's not nice. But it lacks the disdain of spitting.

SoupDragon Thu 21-May-15 19:16:42

It's not spitting, it's blowing a raspberry. As others have said, not pleasant but not anything like spitting.

RB68 Thu 21-May-15 19:17:31

Its rude and disrespectful and not acceptable behaviour even at 5 they know better than that

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 21-May-15 19:17:37

No, not spitting. Much more light hearted.

Yarp Thu 21-May-15 19:17:45

I agree that it involves the child showing more self-control than hitting or kicking, which is rather common at that age.

Let the teacher deal with it

FiveExclamations Thu 21-May-15 19:18:23

Thinks not think's [eye roll at self].

SaucyJack Thu 21-May-15 19:19:39


Spitting is spitting. Blowing a raspberry is blowing a raspberry.


CaptainAnkles Thu 21-May-15 19:22:07

It's not very nice because if it's messily done, spit does go on the other person. It's not the same as getting a load of saliva into your mouth and gobbing it into someone's face though.

Feminine Thu 21-May-15 19:36:16

I'd rather be spat on.
Children blowing raspberries can go on forever.
A child could claim they only blew a raspberry, as it sounds funnier.
<over thinking>

Yarp Thu 21-May-15 19:39:28


I agree, some children would be Machiavellian about it, but mostly I think it would be a frustrated replacement for a hit

I have to disagree about one thing though- I've been spat on, twice, and it's vile

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