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To find the term 'birthing' a bit bleugh?

(15 Posts)
FattipuffsandThinnifers Thu 10-Jul-08 17:27:11

Maybe that's why it sometimes seems there's a whole giant mothers' club which I'm not part of....

MaloryTowersUrbaniteLady Thu 10-Jul-08 17:28:02

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FattipuffsandThinnifers Thu 10-Jul-08 17:28:10

I mean a club which is giant, not that the mothers themselves are giants!

FattipuffsandThinnifers Thu 10-Jul-08 17:29:57

Yes! "What are you up to these days?" "Me? Oh I'm still parenting"...

FabioTheTimeLordCatOfGallifrey Thu 10-Jul-08 17:30:31

I have to readjust from 'berthing'
For a nano second I think of heavily pregnant women slowly reversing into a cabin.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Thu 10-Jul-08 17:34:21

F&T - I love your name, I remeber reading that book at primary school. I've mentioned it to other people and they've always given me a blank look!

FattipuffsandThinnifers Thu 10-Jul-08 17:46:51

ILiketo - yes I don't think too many people know the book do they. Stuck in my mind cos my (older, slimmer) sister was of course the thinnifer and I was obviously the fattipuff. Sigh. Can you remember the book well? Am I right that the Fs went into one land and the Ts into another??

FattipuffsandThinnifers Thu 10-Jul-08 17:47:44

Fabio - for some reason 'birthing' makes me think of big udder-swinging cows.

BalloonSlayer Thu 10-Jul-08 17:49:48

Would like to nominate some other irritating verbs-from-nouns:


What's the matter with "in labour"?


"Does he/she have any problems with toileting?" What's the matter with "using the toilet."

FattipuffsandThinnifers Thu 10-Jul-08 17:51:57

Ick. Almost worse than "do toilet". Well, better get back to parenting.

Turniphead1 Thu 10-Jul-08 17:57:24

Funny was just thinking that in relation to one of the pg group threads (but no offense intended to the ladies thereon, not least because I think they are between 35-40 week pg and COULD HAVE ME - if they are anything like I am at that gestation...)

Something about lentil-knitting about it (and I am a water"birther" etc etc).

GoathasstoppedLOLing Thu 10-Jul-08 17:58:25

just makes me think of foghorns and roaring engines on a ferry

LadyThompson Thu 10-Jul-08 17:58:38

I remember the F's and the T's! And I too hate the word 'birthing'. It is gross, like off 'All Creatures Great & Small', and puts me in mind of glistening placentas, lowing sounds and the gunk that babies are covered with. Yes yes, I know that sounds uptight, but erm...

MeAndMyMonkey Thu 10-Jul-08 21:42:31

Birthing schmirthing I say!
And long live the thinnifers!

Cryptoprocta Thu 10-Jul-08 22:22:30

I prefer "whelping"

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