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AIBU to think children using the word fart is vulgar?

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Fizzielove Mon 22-Jun-15 11:36:57

DH and I have had a long standing disagreement regarding the DC using the word fart - I won't allow it and he has pointed out to the DC's that it is not a 'bad word but just one that I don't like them using.

AIBU? or is he?

GirlInterupted Mon 22-Jun-15 11:37:58

I make dd say pump. Yanbu

keeptothewhiteline Mon 22-Jun-15 11:38:26

Teachers use it too.
In fact my son's teacher uses the word fuck in class.

MrsNextDoor Mon 22-Jun-15 11:38:31

YANBU. I hate it too.

AuntyMag10 Mon 22-Jun-15 11:39:10

Yanbu, it's sounds so rude and ugly but this is mn so people are going to say Yabu.

NomiMalone Mon 22-Jun-15 11:39:26


Fart is not a rude word.

Saying 'pump' or 'pass gas' or 'did a whoopsie' sounds ridiculously prissy.

MrsNextDoor Mon 22-Jun-15 11:39:50

I've explained to my DC that some words are swear words and some aren't but they ARE vulgar/crass. I've told them that just like swear words they are not to use vulgar words.

Such as fart and arse.

RunningJumpingClimbingTrees Mon 22-Jun-15 11:40:21

I didn't know people thought it was vulgar until I came on mumsnet. This thread seems to appear every couple of months. I won't care if my daughter says it but will be more aware that others might not like it

MrsNextDoor Mon 22-Jun-15 11:40:35

Fart IS a rude word. It sounds coarse.

notinacton Mon 22-Jun-15 11:41:05

YANBU because it's your child and your rules, but it would not even occur to me to object to my kids using this word.

fredfredgeorgejnr Mon 22-Jun-15 11:41:15

He's entirely correct, doesn't make either of you unreasonable unless you disagree with that.

TwinkieTwinkle Mon 22-Jun-15 11:42:04

'Who did a whoopsie' grin

PrincessTheresaofLiechtenstein Mon 22-Jun-15 11:42:08

Last time I read this discussion on MN the consensus seemed to be that it is not a rude word. I remember it as such from growing up though, and would just like to reference the Lion King "not in front of the kids" line - "fart" must have still been considered rude when that film came out!

SurlyCue Mon 22-Jun-15 11:43:25

Well it is a fart!


FancyAnOlive Mon 22-Jun-15 11:43:58

I don't think fart is rude at all. What else could you say? Pass wind or pump sound very Hyancith Bucket to me - I'd far rather my kids said fart.

SurlyCue Mon 22-Jun-15 11:44:29

'Who did a whoopsie'

grin frank spencer?

Grinningcat Mon 22-Jun-15 11:44:40

I have a 4 month old and DH and I are undecided what to use. Not sure I like little children using fart, but then I know someone who gets her children to call them poppers which makes me want to fall about laughing at its prissiness. My family called them blow offs when I was little and that also doesn't sound quite right to me now. Will be watching this thread for suggestions.

leedy Mon 22-Jun-15 11:44:58

Wouldn't object to it either, I think my kids had a selection of comedy euphemisms ("botty noise", etc.) when they were tiny, then "fart". I think "pump" sounds revolting, much worse than "fart". No, I don't want to think about you actually pumping flatulence out of your anus.

nocutsnobuttsnococonuts Mon 22-Jun-15 11:45:03

we use fart in our house. in fact dd2 (3) announced to the entire train the other day very loudly she had farted but did say pardon afterwards grin

CrystalHaze Mon 22-Jun-15 11:46:40

In fact my son's teacher uses the word fuck in class.


reallybadidea Mon 22-Jun-15 11:46:56

It's just a word to describe a bodily function. Why is it any worse than 'fluff' or 'trump' or 'shooting bunnies' or any other ridiculous alternative.

coffeetasteslikeshit Mon 22-Jun-15 11:47:00

We use far precisely because my mum wouldn't let me say it growing up and it was embarrassing to have to say pump in front of my friends.
It's just a word.

AdventureBe Mon 22-Jun-15 11:47:48

I really struggled with this and similar words when my Dc were small. I'd correct them and they'd say "but teacher/TA says fart/bum/crap shock "

It's hard to support the school at the same time as telling them the teacher is clueless grin

There are lots of non-swear words I don't allow, like stupid and idiot. Also offensive words like spazo (sorry) I also don't allow blasphemy, not because I find it offensive but because I think it's important that they know some people are offended.

They're teens now and I'm not naïve enough to think they don't use them and worse, but at least they know not to use them in front of me/their GPs/a prospective MIL/in a job interview. Too many people seem to have no clue when coarse language is or isn't appropriate. Even if you (I) are not offended, we know that some people are, so need to know how to control our own language IYSWIM. And that OMG can offend too.

littlejohnnydory Mon 22-Jun-15 11:48:17

I don't think 'fart' is swearing and they'll say it once they're secondary school age and I won't mind by then but would expect it not to be in front of teachers, friends'parents, etc. - I don't think it sounds nice when young children say it and mine say 'trump' or 'parp'.

CantBrainToday Mon 22-Jun-15 11:48:53

We use fart. I also may have made extra fart jokes after someone I know got super prissy about it blush

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