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Biber Thu 17-Oct-19 16:14:44

There is a thread about SPaG, inappropriate Xs and (sincere, deeply felt shudder) the use of OF instead of HAVE in, for example, I should have asked on AIBU first.

A poster on there mentioned the phrase 'to boob one's baby'. It's about 50 years since I had an infant to my breast and I am not up to date with up to date terminology. This one, however, I had heard, and rather liked. The alliteration. The directness. Does it have the Mums Net seal of approval?

QueenoftheDay Thu 17-Oct-19 22:22:18

No it’s awful. It makes me think of someone thunking a child across the head with their boob 🤷🏻‍♀️

I also hate “baby”. Realm of health visitors right there “is baby hungry? Does baby need booby juice!” 😒

Also. Referring to “changing a bum” is coarse as fuck and we can’t be friends.

PlasticPatty Thu 17-Oct-19 22:12:38

Thank you for all the information on 'gash'.

YaySeptember Thu 17-Oct-19 21:31:50

I saw that a teacher had written ‘might of’ in a class learning target statement stuck in my DS’s book the other day. I'm a supply teacher and a few weeks ago I altered the learning objective on the whiteboard where the usual teacher had written "of" instead of "have". I did the same on the page headers that the children have to stick into their exercise books.

I don't like the word "boob" at all, whether it's used as a noun or a verb. I'm not really sure why though.

DinoSn0re Thu 17-Oct-19 20:59:01

I’ve never actually heard anyone say that they have nursed their baby to sleep, although it’s a term I’m familiar and comfortable with.

I just say that I’m feeding/have fed baby. I’ve BF DC1 until the age of almost 4 and DC 2 is still going, they refer to it as “mooook” still, which I love. But I’ve never, ever said to anyone that they’ve been “boobed”, I can’t stand it.

Spacie Thu 17-Oct-19 20:13:06

Whatever happened to 'nursing' ?

Or am I showing my age?

Corneliawildthing Thu 17-Oct-19 20:04:55

For some reason, perhaps due to the alliteration, it reminds me of the dreadful expression botty burps, that a relative used to come out with grin

tiredybear Thu 17-Oct-19 20:01:08

It's commonly used in lots of breastfeeding groups I'm on. Like PlateAte, it just seems more relaxed and colloquial than breast.

"Boob the baby to sleep, keep boobin, fellow boobing mummas" etc is all common.

Am currently in Spain and many local woman refer to it as titty, which I find far more difficult, as this to me has the connotation of the male gaze etc.

Pinkblueberry Thu 17-Oct-19 20:00:58

To be fair I think I used to say something along the lines of ‘I gave him the boob’ when DS was very little - put as a pp said I only said this to my DH, never in public to anyone else grin by definitely never ‘booby’, or god forbid ‘booby juice’!

drankthekoolaid Thu 17-Oct-19 19:58:28

Used to call feeding DS 'boobing' but only between me and DH not in public!

BertrandRussell Thu 17-Oct-19 19:57:15

*Gash

BertrandRussell Thu 17-Oct-19 19:56:55

Cash also means vagina.

ChinookPilotsGoVertical Thu 17-Oct-19 19:53:05

@AliceAbsolum
"Gash" is a military usag, originally RN but migrating when units from other services met the RN or RM.
Gash means rubbish, refuse, stuff you'd put in a black bag.
It can be a verb, "shall I gash this?" for throwing it away. It can be a noun "is this gash?"
It can be an adjective, a bad sailor or marine is a "gash hand".
One gashes one's gash in a gash bag.

QueenOfTheAndals Thu 17-Oct-19 19:28:29

It's not as bad as "boobie juice", which I once heard an acquaintance say.

cockingup Thu 17-Oct-19 19:00:58

Ugh yes hate it. It's so faux casual; trying far too hard to be irreverent and make breastfeeding sound normal and mundane. Particularly annoying because obviously it is normal and mundane.

Ohyesiam Thu 17-Oct-19 18:52:52

I was at a festival this summer and a woman started shouting “ Eliza, do you want a booby cuddle?”

Eliza was patently uninterested, as she had to continue shouting it another dozen or so times.

She was quite middle class sounding , so it was “boooooby”.

Pinkblueberry Thu 17-Oct-19 18:50:45

It’s pretty silly - but I suppose it’s slightly better than when mums refer to their children as ‘booby monsters’ and awarding themselves ‘booby awards’ for breastfeeding milestones. I don’t think anyone over the age of 5 should be using the word ‘booby’.

NerrSnerr Thu 17-Oct-19 18:49:51

It's not something I would say but I can't get worked up about it.

madcatladyforever Thu 17-Oct-19 18:44:03

Hate it with a passion on a par with "plating up"and stupid looking buns so high up on the head they are on the forehead.

MollyMorals Thu 17-Oct-19 18:43:31

Surely if you give your baby bottle then you 'bottle the baby'

grin

RoseViolet101 Thu 17-Oct-19 18:40:22

It makes me cringe so badly. I breastfed for 14 months and SIL does too and refers to it as boob. I set everyone straight that they are in no way to refer to me breastfeeding as boob. shudders Not a term id want thrown around in front of my brothers/ Dad!

I just said milk or feed!

tillytoodles1 Thu 17-Oct-19 18:39:25

Surely if you give your baby bottle then you 'bottle the baby'. That sounds even worse.

NumberblockNo1 Thu 17-Oct-19 18:39:03

Its not when talking to toddler though, like above its saying to other adults "i just need to boob x" or "im going to boob the baby ".

Boob as a verb like that is just wrong.

ethelfleda Thu 17-Oct-19 18:35:35

I think it depends on who you’re talking to as well!
To another adult - I breastfeed, or just ‘feed’ or sometimes ‘nurse’
To DS I used to say ‘do you want boobies?’ (He stopped at 21 months) I think saying to a toddler for you want a breastfeed’ would be really weird.

Don’t most parents come up with cutesy language when they speak to their babies? Some more than others, granted but most of us do it.

ethelfleda Thu 17-Oct-19 18:26:44

I actually like it too, OP.

LaurieMarlow Thu 17-Oct-19 18:09:41

^

Agree

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