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AIBU for the teacher not to use the word Numpty

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Susanne9176 Sat 07-Dec-19 10:29:02

My son who is 6 used the word numpty and I asked him where he had heard this. He said his class teacher is using this word to describe the children when they've done something a bit silly and has called.h and other children that. Am I over reacting or is that just not ok, she is basically calling them stupid and encouraging the kids to name call

RedSheep73 Sat 07-Dec-19 10:31:18

You sound a bit oversensitive to me, we call each other numpties in our house all the time.

StreetwiseHercules Sat 07-Dec-19 10:32:01

Ridiculous. Behave.

DesMartinsPetCat Sat 07-Dec-19 10:32:36

You’re being ridiculous.

Baldcrusader Sat 07-Dec-19 10:32:37

The word numpty is in regular use here. The kids find it hilarious.

CallmeAngelina Sat 07-Dec-19 10:32:39

Oh ffs! Really?

EntropyRising Sat 07-Dec-19 10:33:15

I use it all the time with mine, along with far worse.

dementedpixie Sat 07-Dec-19 10:33:38

Dont be a numpty!

BlackSwanGreen Sat 07-Dec-19 10:34:11

I wouldn't have a problem with this. To me, numpty is an endearing term for someone who's done something a bit silly.

Iggleonkupsy Sat 07-Dec-19 10:34:16

I could not get worked up about this. It isn't offensive at all.

BusyBusyBea Sat 07-Dec-19 10:34:48


I used to think teachers were lucky with their holidays. Then my eldest started school and I joined a Facebook group of school mums and they tend to spend a lot of time complaining over petty, ridiculous shite like this.

Suddenly I have nothing but respect for teachers. Because this would drive me to despair.

Vulpine Sat 07-Dec-19 10:35:01

Ah come on, we're all numpties sometimes

Youseethethingis Sat 07-Dec-19 10:36:15


HugoSpritz Sat 07-Dec-19 10:36:33

Also silly is not the same as stupid!

Numpty is a perfectly acceptable term of endearment.

GreenTulips Sat 07-Dec-19 10:37:01

It’s said as an affectionate term.

Nothing wrong with it.

Teachers can’t do right for wrong - and kids need to learn some resilience and how to deal with being wrong sometimes.

iriscornflowerblue Sat 07-Dec-19 10:38:21

I’m not keen on it at all.

I know I’m unreasonable. I wouldn’t complain about it. But I absolutely hate it and would tell my child not to use it.

Emeraldshamrock Sat 07-Dec-19 10:38:49

Is numpty similar to silly sausage?
Is it endearment or implying their stupid.

MsAwesomeDragon Sat 07-Dec-19 10:39:09

I call my kids (both mine at home, and the ones I teach) numpties when they've done something a bit silly because they've not been thinking. So forget your maths book, you're a numpty. Knock over a bottle of water, you're a numpty. Call someone a mean name, not a numpty, that's unkind and we have a far more serious conversation. Forget your homework, you're a numpty who has a detention to do your homework then.

Numpty is generally used affectionately. Obviously if she's using a horrible tone, or using it when a child is upset, then that's different. But most people, ime, use a very affectionate tone and it's used to denote you having been a bit silly but no harm done.

SmileEachDay Sat 07-Dec-19 10:39:26

I call the kids in my classes numpty, muppet and eejit if they’re being silly.

My year 11s in particular like it.

Teachers aren’t supposed to be robots. Our relationships with the children are the most important tool we have in them making progress.

kalinkafoxtrot45 Sat 07-Dec-19 10:40:29

You really need something better to occupy your time. hmm

MissDollyMix Sat 07-Dec-19 10:41:08

YABU and oversensitive. Numpty is harmless. There’s a lot worse your ds will encounter in the future.

Sirzy Sat 07-Dec-19 10:41:09

To me “oh you numpty” is an ideal way to point out to a child that what they have done is a bit daft but they aren’t in trouble for it!

Ginfordinner Sat 07-Dec-19 10:42:07

Sorry, but you are being precious. It isn't a rude word, just a gentle word to describe someone who is being silly.

Or is silly a banned word in your house as well?

HairyFloppins Sat 07-Dec-19 10:42:32

It''s a term of endearment similar to silly sausage etc.


Emeraldshamrock Sat 07-Dec-19 10:43:00

I call the kids in my classes numpty, muppet and eejit if they’re being silly
Well you should know better.
Eejit means stupid unless you have a time machine those names were left behind in the 90's.
Our teachers used to call us eejits or amadons when they were allowed to be verbally abusive to DC.

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