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o/t...kid or child?

i was raised to refer to young humans as children or as a child, and that the term "kid" is a baby goat. it was kind of forced upon me to be correct with this reference. i see so few examples today of the use of the words children or child and many uses of the word kid to refer to such. i can't help but cringe (silently and not visibly). anyone else feel this way?

Fri. Oct 13, 3:15pm

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I don't think it really matters... I mean I like to get called kitten by my honey but in no way does it mean he's calling me a baby cat....

Also, many different animals have the same name for their babies, take cubs for example- lions, tigers, and bears- Oh My!

Friday, October 13, 2006, 3:38 PM

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"Cub" is a term that is used for the young of several species... bears, lions, and boy scouts. I don't mind sharing the term "kid" with goats. I respect goats, as well as humans.

Friday, October 13, 2006, 3:55 PM

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No big deal to me either. I am my moms kid =)

Friday, October 13, 2006, 4:17 PM

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I dont mind the term kid depending on how it is used. For example, I hear some parents say, The kid is being a pain in the butt, the kid wont go to sleep, the kid is hungry, I dont like the way that sounds at all. I try not to refer to my children as "the kid" I do however say kids, for some reason it doesnt seem to sound as bad.

Friday, October 13, 2006, 4:44 PM

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It has absolutely never occured to me that a kid is also a baby goat. And I grew up on a farm! :) I do refer to my offspring as 'kids', but like the previous poster, it all depends on how it's being used. "the kid" just sounds terrible.

Friday, October 13, 2006, 4:58 PM

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Whenever my daughter is misbehaving I tell my husband...look what YOUR kid is doing! haha

Friday, October 13, 2006, 5:03 PM

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above poster, when you say she is misbehaving, do you mean eating tin cans?


(joke, please take lightly)

Friday, October 13, 2006, 6:38 PM

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That reminds me...my sister had a goat and it ate the streamers off my nieces bike. Not tin cans but streamers!

Friday, October 13, 2006, 7:58 PM

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well... i do remember when i would ask my teachers if they had any kids they'd say "no, i don't have any goats..." i work in education and when producing documents we are careful to use the world "children" rather than "kids" unless it is a very informal piece intended for families. so i guess even in the education world, times have changed to allow the use of "kid" to mean human offspring in the right setting.

Friday, October 13, 2006, 9:08 PM

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i really do not like hearing people use the word "kid" to refer to their own children. for some reason, it just sounds somewhat vulgar to me....

Thursday, February 08, 2007, 12:22 PM

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I love hearing my mom refer to her "kids". I'm in my 30s and it makes me feel about 12 years old but in a good way.

Even when I was younger I liked it better than the formality of "children"...for some reason, "kids" sounds way more FUN. And think about the difference in connotation when an adult says "I feel like a kid again!" v. "I feel like a child" -- the first sounds carefree and happy, the other indicates (to me, anyway) immaturity, naivete or even stupidity.

Thursday, February 08, 2007, 12:58 PM

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to 4:44, my dad was fond of calling me "the kid" when i was in the room, sometimes even when talking to me, like, "let's ask the kid" or "hey, the kid, how do you feel about..." although i think there's just an odd thing w/ adding "the" to names in my household, my mom often calls me, "the sweetie" i've never quite understood it.

Thursday, February 08, 2007, 3:52 PM

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I have raised goats, and just adore the kids. I got into the habit of differentiating between kids and Children. However, I did get a real kick out of shocking/confusing those who did not differentiate, by saying
"I sold a kid today" or "I have to castrate my twin kids" It was fun. I also have fun using the proper term for a female canine, in the proper way, refering to a female canine. Technically, a 'dog' is always a male. Archaic, but stil true. I suppose Kid is fast going the same way.

Friday, February 09, 2007, 7:24 AM

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i didn't even consider "the brats" as an alternative.

Friday, February 09, 2007, 12:06 PM

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