Bottoms, bums, arses. Fannies, foofs, vulvas (vulvae?). Breasts, boobs, knockers and norks. Knickers, undercrackers and pants.
There. Now I've got all of that out of my system, it's time for the actual blogging. I'm sure this is a post that's been said many times, many ways, but much like Nat King Cole, I'm giving you my version.
I've never been one for anatomical terms for body parts. I've broken my tibia and fibula, but if you ask me, I broke my ankle. Twice. And so it begins. I rarely talk about my breasts or mammaries, but if my underwire is escaping, I'll tell you I'm being stabbed in the boob. And as I'm quite generously endowed in the nork department, it's a very real possibility.
So, when Squeaky arrived into the world in all her girly glory, I started to wonder. Obviously with boys there are many words to describe their genitalia, but the vast majority are understood, whoever you mention them to. Whether it's willy, knob or dick, we all know what you mean. Willy being the generally accepted term for small boys, just, well, because. (As a side note, I once worked with a John Thomas. I still wonder what his parents were thinking) But for girls? Which word do you use?
As I said, I've never been one for anatomically correct terminology. If you are, that's great, but it's just not me. So, what are our choices? The word most commonly used in the valleys seems to be "Foof", but, errr, no. I'd never heard the word til I moved here, and now it's everywhere. But it sounds too much like fluff, which was a euphemism for fart when I was a child, and fanny farts have their own special word (queef, if you were wondering), Fanny, as just mentioned in the previous sentence is an obvious suggestion, but as the world is getting ever smaller, and I have many friends on the other side of the Atlantic, I want to avoid the confusion between our (front) fannies and their (back) fannies. Y'know.
Vulva, foof and fanny are all out then, so what's left? I couldn't face being all twee and silly with twinkle, flower or something along those lines. I'd be quite tempted by the Fivepenny Piece's inspiration and Ha'penny (though I really remember it from the Wurzels, but I couldn't find that on youtube), but I'd be the only person to get the joke, and that's probably not good. And I can't remember what I called it myself as a child. I do remember learning the correct words in school when I was about 9 or 10 and finding them all hilarious, but being very confused about who had which. Penis is just a nicer word.
Thankfully, Squeaky being Squeaky, she addressed all my concerns before I had chance to make a decision. She refers to her "little bottom", and I can kind of see the logic. From her angle it does sort of look like a bottom, and it's certainly littler than her actual "big" bottom. Problem solved. While the "it's not a bottom" brigade will probably be every bit as upset with that as they are with "front bottom", that's their problem, not mine, My daughter's body, my daughter's choice of name. It's one that will not cause confusion, should she have to talk about it, but equally won't raise eyebrows in the playground.
Knickers are the description of choice for undies, thankfully. Even Daddy wears them according to Squeaky. We all wear knickers, though some are nicer than others. Again, I was quite conscious of the international world she'll grow up in, and pants are almost as confusing as fannies. Our pants are somewhat less acceptable to be on show than those in the US.
As for the rest, her bottom is her bottom or bum. And sometimes arse, but that's more to describe Daddy's stinky one. Boobies is her description of choice for breasts, both mine and her own (lack of). We do windies, though she knows that fart is another name that we choose not to use. And the longer she goes without learning about boys genitals, the better.
What about your house? How do you feel about accurate terminology? When did you introduce the right words?