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8 yr old word for testicles?

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RandomInternetStranger Tue 22-Apr-14 03:33:46

This may be really stupid but...

I've always taught DD that boys have a penis and we sometimes call it a willy, girls have a vagina and we sometimes call it a tiddy, breasts we call boobs etc. We're getting deeper into it at the moment because I'm pg and she wants to know more about how it happens and bodies etc and I'm happy to tell her but just been reading through a book on the subject I've got her for us to go through together and it goes into testicles and how they make sperm etc.

So long story short - is is OK for an 8 yr old girl to say balls, or nuts? I can't work out if it's vulgar or actually a very accurate and normal word for them. When I was young they were goolies which I think is fine but is it a bit silly or unnecessary? What the concensus here, what do your kids call them??


FuckyNell Tue 22-Apr-14 08:35:57


ZingHasAHotCrossBunInTheOven Tue 22-Apr-14 10:10:51


or balls

Forago Tue 22-Apr-14 10:14:44

testicles here but also peanuts/nuts and walnut whip (my mother thought ds1, newborn, testicles looked like one an dit kind of stuck)

myitchybeaver Tue 22-Apr-14 10:17:01

My granny called it 'butcher's shop'. I still think it but wouldn't say it out loud.

ZingHasAHotCrossBunInTheOven Tue 22-Apr-14 10:17:38


technically vulva is the collective term to include all parts of the female genitalia (so vagina, clitoris, labia major,labia minor, corona - did I forget anything?) so vulva and vagina are not interchangeable terms.

sorry for being annoying!wink

<puts self in pedants' corner>

splendide Tue 22-Apr-14 11:40:16

I thought vulva was just external, it doesn't include vagina. So to say girls have a vagina and a vulva is correct. Evict yourself from pedants' corner!

Purpleroxy Tue 22-Apr-14 11:45:05

My 8yo says nuts/peanuts/balls. Whilst balls isn't particularly polite, I think it is alright.

RandomInternetStranger Tue 22-Apr-14 12:53:35

Off to Google corona after thinking it was just a beer blush

Thanks for the replies! Having a girl in an all girl school and no men or brothers around this has never come up before!! grin

ZingHasAHotCrossBunInTheOven Tue 22-Apr-14 13:49:54

yep, I was wrong.
the vaginal opening is part of the vulva, not the vagina itself.

<eats humble pie>

and I didn't know that there's a term "pubic mound"!confused

anyway back to testicles my 3 year old uses that word (and he also says balls as well as penis and willie) so I think that's perfectly fine for an 8 year old to use.

Bowlersarm Tue 22-Apr-14 13:52:04

Balls here.

whatadrama Tue 22-Apr-14 14:11:10

I'm relieved to see peanuts is a common and acceptable term as Ds appears to have adopted it.

I cant complain, its far better than calling them Brian and Dave which they were lovingly referred to last year confused

CorusKate Tue 22-Apr-14 14:15:19

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ItsSpringBaby Tue 22-Apr-14 14:19:15

Usually I just say your "privates", unless I'm being specific (lol which is rare) in which case I will say balls.

RandomInternetStranger Tue 22-Apr-14 14:20:51

CousKate that's the thing, it was when I was little (and still is according to my parents) but I can't actually think why - it's exactly what they are - balls, in a ball sack, but it doesn't sound quite right to me but that may be my upbringing more than logic. (I still can't say fart in front of them and mouth it soundlessly!!)

moogalicious Tue 22-Apr-14 14:21:48

Ds (9) calls them balls, nads or nuts. As do my dds.

CorusKate Tue 22-Apr-14 14:59:25

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odyssey2001 Tue 22-Apr-14 15:11:08


SnakeyMcBadass Tue 22-Apr-14 15:20:09


RoganJosh Tue 22-Apr-14 15:28:07

I'd consider balls to be a bit rude (and fart). We use testicles here. Children are age 2-6.

MewlingQuim Tue 22-Apr-14 20:23:33

I haven't heard goolies for years either.

Reminds me of my best friends dad doing drunken charades of The Goonies hmm

Martorana Tue 22-Apr-14 20:28:09

Testicles. Or balls. Or nuts.

Or, to embarrass ds, tentacles- because that's what he called them when he was little.

CorusKate Tue 22-Apr-14 20:33:30

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