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AIBU to not want my 8YO to say 'fart'

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Marmaladybird Thu 17-Dec-15 15:14:22

I hate the word and shudder just typing it.

I see it as a mild sweary-word and don't let him use it. It makes me feel a bit sick. Am I on my own with this - everyone here (apart from DH) thinks I'm unreasonable.

Should I give him the gift of being allowed to say 'fart' eurgh for Christmas, or make him say trump, pimp and pump for the rest of his life...

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Thu 17-Dec-15 15:16:20

If he can't say fart what does he call farts?


They're farts. Let him say farts. It's a funny word. And life is short.

EatShitDerek Thu 17-Dec-15 15:17:29

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Seeyounearertime Thu 17-Dec-15 15:17:37

Wasn't this thread done a week or so ago? It ended up quite long I believe?

Anywho, farts are fine, better than "Trump" confused

Kajamite Thu 17-Dec-15 15:19:37

I've always said fart and never really considered it on the same level as 'crap' etc.

Cutesy names for farting make me cringe, especially 'trump' and 'parp'

Might just be me though.

helenahandbag Thu 17-Dec-15 15:20:09

"Pumping" is something completely different in Glasgow! grin

YABU for being for over the top about it - feeling sick because someone says "fart" is a bit precious.

Farts are hilarious, the word "fart" is hilarious... let the poor boy have his fun!

BertrandRussell Thu 17-Dec-15 15:23:00

I find "pump" one of the most excruciatingly awful words ever! Thank god I've never heard anyone say it in real life!

I got told off by a nurse when I laughed at hours old dd's farts "You tell naughty mummy that little girls don't fart, do they,little one? Little girls have windy pops"

dontsufferfools Thu 17-Dec-15 15:23:52

I hate it too and none of my children use it.

I just don't like the sound of the word. It annoys me no end.

TaliZorah Thu 17-Dec-15 15:25:25

Fart is less stupid than those other words

NeedsAsockamnesty Thu 17-Dec-15 15:26:06

Well it depends on you being more comfortable with people thinking you are a bit ridiculous or not

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 17-Dec-15 15:27:23

I'm the prudiest prude when it comes to toilet humour and the words used. But even I think fart is the appropriate word to be used from children upwards.

FireInTheDisco Thu 17-Dec-15 15:28:56

Personally I don't see anything wrong with the word fart. I would let him use it.

My Nan on the other hand would tell you that the appropriate term is "windypuff" grin

Outaboutnowt Thu 17-Dec-15 15:34:24

Pimp?! never heard that being used for farts.

Never heard of anyone disliking the word 'fart' in real life, only on MN

maybebabybee Thu 17-Dec-15 15:40:22

Oh for goodness' sake. hmm

Dipankrispaneven Thu 17-Dec-15 15:58:26

You know what, whether you want him to say it or not, he's going to, because that's what all his friends will call it. If he starts talking about "pumps" he'll get laughed into oblivion.

As for "pimps": would you really want your son to start talking about men who make money out of prostitutes?

LeaLeander Thu 17-Dec-15 15:58:27


No one in my family would dream of uttering that word aloud. For those who are saying "what else will he call them," well, why does he need to call them anything? There is zero reason to discuss flatulence other than with a doctor and hence zero reason to have a slang word for what one produces in that manner.

Stick with your instincts & give your child the gift of training him to be couth, which will stand him in good stead in personal and career relationships for the rest of his life.

eleanorofaquitaine Thu 17-Dec-15 15:59:25

Personally I hate all the circumlocutions around the word fart. It made my skin crawl when my MIL stopped my children saying fart and made them say "bottom-burp" instead. The more I think about it, the more I find words and phrases like "pump" more offensive than just saying fart. It is more matter of fact, it is what it is.

Dipankrispaneven Thu 17-Dec-15 16:00:46

why does he need to call them anything? There is zero reason to discuss flatulence

What 8 year old needs a reason to discuss farts?

AnyoneButSanta Thu 17-Dec-15 16:03:51

I think the only term that isn't rude or ludicrous is "flatus" which I don't feel would be reasonable for an eight year old. Or wind but that's ambiguous.

And LeaLeander, as a parent you are responsible for your child's health, including their digestive health. You also occasionally need to track down exactly where that horrific smell came from in case the drains are playing up or the dog has misbehaved.

FoofFighter Thu 17-Dec-15 16:04:05

I hate the word too. I don't want my 2yo DD saying it, I am trying to get her to say trump instead, but fighting a losing battle as her father doesn't hold the same view (ex).

I also hate her saying bum and try to get her to say bottom instead, but again it's VERY slow progress.

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Thu 17-Dec-15 16:04:05

The first time DP did 'pull my finger' with DS he laughed his arse off.

I still laugh at the memory.

Why would you deliberately miss this stuff?

BumWad Thu 17-Dec-15 16:07:07

Get a grip.

Higge Thu 17-Dec-15 16:10:20

My children and I have an agreement - they don't swear in front of me - I don't swear in front of them. This works - kids swear.
My in laws were very precious about the word fart so to appease them we called them pumps - dcs call them farts now though and we find them funny - especially when the dog does it.

Outaboutnowt Thu 17-Dec-15 16:13:27

I also hate her saying bum

Why? confused 'Bottom' sounds sillier to me.

We all have bums, we all fart. It's not outrageous or appalling to say either of those words. They're just words, not even swear words.

diddl Thu 17-Dec-15 16:15:34

Give him the "gift" of being allowed to say fart??


Maybe he doesn't say it in front of you, but he probably doesn't say pump or trump if his friends say fart.

What does your husband say??

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