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    Lightbulb British English - Name of genitals said to children?

    Hello,

    My problem is that in any dictionary every word for male and female genitals
    is forbidden words e.g. for fanny "-very offensive word for a woman's outer sex organs. Do not use this word".

    So what can a parent call the genitals of his/her children when the children are present so as not to be offensive?

    I am interested especially in words used in British English.

    Thank you in advance for your help.

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    Re: British English - Name of genitals said to children?

    Hello Starhu, welcome to Using English!

    What kind of context did you envisage?

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    Re: British English - Name of genitals said to children?

    'Fanny' is not very offensive in my book.


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    Re: British English - Name of genitals said to children?

    Hello

    I quoted the text from Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.

    As for the context - for instance - let's say that a parent wants to tell his
    little children who are taking bath to wash their genitals.
    In this case what can the parent say to his daughter and what to his son?


    Thank you

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    Re: British English - Name of genitals said to children?

    My advice, be smart about it. It is after all the 21 century; use the anatomically correct terms, penis, vagina.

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    Re: British English - Name of genitals said to children?

    I think I'd vote for "anatomical terms" too.

    Though in the context of a bath, if you don't want any bother, you can simply say e.g. "make sure you wash between your legs".

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    Quote Originally Posted by starhu View Post

    I quoted the text from Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.
    I think they're overstating the case with that one; there are far stronger and more offensive terms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starhu View Post
    e.g. for fanny "-very offensive word for a woman's outer sex organs. Do not use this word".
    In North American English, the word fanny is a mild term. There's nothing offensive about it. It's a euphemism for behind, which in turn is another euphemism for butt, which in turn is short for buttocks. None of those terms are offensive. In Australian English, however, fanny means vagina.


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    Re: British English - Name of genitals said to children?

    Hello,

    Thank you for your answer.

    Is "dick" offensive word for penis, or not?
    Sorry for so many questions in this topic...

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    Re: British English - Name of genitals said to children?

    It's "coarse" language. Very mildly offensive (to me) but not at all nice. For example, it would be very surprising to hear it on a show targeted at children.

    There are silly words, like "willy" and a great many rude ones.

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