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The phrase 'dirty beer'

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Saffra Sat 10-May-14 22:34:10

DH comes home after a couple of beers with friends. Comes and says goodnight to 2.5 yr old dd, and says 'daddy's been drinking dirty beer tonight'. Just in a jokey way. But I don't think it's great to say this to young children. AIBU?

EverythingsDozy Sat 10-May-14 22:35:42

Can I just ask why you don't think it's okay to say to children?

CoffeeTea103 Sat 10-May-14 22:36:24

I don't get what's bad about it?

Sirzy Sat 10-May-14 22:36:54

whats the problem supposed to be?

SauvignonBlanche Sat 10-May-14 22:38:16


BridgetBardotte Sat 10-May-14 22:38:41

Is it that you're worried about presenting alcohol as something really bad and wrong, and therefore making it more desirable?...

peacegardens Sat 10-May-14 22:39:26

Do people still say this? grin I remember it from the 1980s. Not sure it's a bad thing though

Knakard Sat 10-May-14 22:39:27

It's mucky beer and wobbly wine in this house.. Any better for you? wink

tigerdriverII Sat 10-May-14 22:39:51

Beer makes your breath smell. So it is a bit dirty smelling. Why wouldn't you say it. <<wonders if "dirty beer" is a euphemism for something, er, really dirty>>

WorraLiberty Sat 10-May-14 22:39:55

<< Awkward silence >>

BridgetBardotte Sat 10-May-14 22:40:50

Knakard, I love the wobbly wine grin

Saffra Sat 10-May-14 22:41:09

In my mind, it kind of says that alcohol is naughty but it's ok for daddy to be drinking it.

I've heard DH's family say the phrase quite a bit in the company of my nephew when he was younger too (now 5).

Perhaps I'm being a bit OTT, I'm not sure really. But then, I'm very careful about the language I use in front of DD.

KB02 Sat 10-May-14 22:41:36

I absolutely hate the phrase but I'm not sure why . Maybe it's simplifying things too much.

AgentZigzag Sat 10-May-14 22:41:49

Did he mean it in a 'daddy's been out drinking that nasty dirty old beer' and just joking with her?

If he did it sounds fine to me, unless 'dirty beer' has another meaning I don't know about <imagining all sorts shock>

Dreamofthe90sisAliveinPortland Sat 10-May-14 22:42:19

Is this a euphemism for some kind of amazing new drug?

UncleT Sat 10-May-14 22:42:20

Never even heard that before, ever. Just sounds a bit stupid, to be honest.

Saffra Sat 10-May-14 22:42:22

So many cross posting! Sorry, said dd needed the toilet!

RPopz Sat 10-May-14 22:43:29

It was always mucky beer when I was a nipper! wink

AgentZigzag Sat 10-May-14 22:43:58

If he does mean it like that, surely it's better than him saying 'daddy's been out drinking that amazingly awesome beer tonight'.

Would she really understand the ins/outs of alcohol and it being good and bad at the same time?

PinkSquash Sat 10-May-14 22:44:13

I cannot possibly see the problem with it? Never heard of it called that before

peacegardens Sat 10-May-14 22:45:01

Wine is indeed wobbly grin

WorraLiberty Sat 10-May-14 22:46:11

He probably said it to apologise for the smell on his breath

Saffra Sat 10-May-14 22:46:21

Not, not a new wonder drug. And yes , apparently the phrase is still used! And just for normal beer (as in lager).

WorraLiberty Sat 10-May-14 22:47:06

In my mind, it kind of says that alcohol is naughty but it's ok for daddy to be drinking it.

Well that makes sense

It would be naughty for a child to drink it, and perfectly ok for daddy to drink it.

grocklebox Sat 10-May-14 22:48:26

Shes 2. Who gives a fuck what he says about beer? TWO.

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