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"Watching" children

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RicottaPancakes Mon 20-Mar-17 14:57:04

I've noticed that people have started "watching"children a lot! But they mean that they " looked after "children (I hope!) Very annoying. Please look after your children, don't just"watch" them!

EphraimWaite Tue 02-May-17 18:43:34

Colloquial, innit?

RicottaPancakes Tue 02-May-17 19:45:56

Is it?grin I thought it was American. I've also noticed people have started saying that they watch (see, correct use of "watch"!) TV "shows" and "movies", grrr.

FeckinCrutches Tue 02-May-17 19:47:35

Used a lot in the North East! "I'll watch the bairns"

Garnethair Tue 02-May-17 19:50:45

I don't like it either. Neither do I like 'are you feeding them'. Yes, I shall be giving the children tea, but I only 'feed' babies and animals.

KatherinaMinola Tue 02-May-17 19:54:51

It's not recent - my grandmother used to "watch" me 40 years ago.

weebananamilkshake Tue 02-May-17 19:56:32

I'm pretty sure it's colloquial. May be somehow related to being 'on watch'...? As in 'not on my watch'.

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