Affectionate and other ways to refer to children

Discussion in 'English Only' started by cuchuflete, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    Following the time-honored tradition Maxiogee started here about a week ago...

    In another thread, far away and long ago, or is it far ago and long away? In any event, Maxi used the term "Chisselers".
    A forera asked what it means. His nibs replied,

    Children - usually irritating ones belonging to other people! "

    Well, I hadn't heard it before, I like it, and in thanks I offer these AE terms--

    rug rats

    ankle biters


  2. drei_lengua

    drei_lengua Senior Member

    Your title is misleading. I came in here thinking of the positive in life and I see ankle biters????? ;) :) :) :) :D

  3. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    My title is forero. What, pray tell, does "...and other" suggest?

    We await your terms of endearment for pipsqueaks.;)
  4. Austin_Hastings New Member

    New Jersey
    United States, English
    Crumb snatchers
  5. Just a few of the terms you hear in a day around here:

    Pookie, bunny, "stinky" :), biscuit, mousse (don't ask me why, some kind of franglais thing), monster...
  6. maxiogee Banned

    Many years ago I knew a lovely young woman who worked in a creche. They termed their charges "the Viet-Cong". When I asked why this most unusual expression was used she sweetly informed me that "they're always creeping up behind you."
  7. I've heard mothers refer to their darlings as 'demolition on wheels'.

    Overweight baby boys are fondly called 'little bruisers'.

    My own sons were affectionately called 'Nin Nin' (or Dandle) and 'Jellybun'. for reasons only we can understand. I still use these names occasionally even though they are now grown up. :)

  8. nycphotography

    nycphotography Senior Member

    I do be learnin stuff
    John-Paul Miller, NYC
    There is a (sadly un-updated) glossary for "things to call kids"

    Started by myself, but I havent had time to update it from the discussion thread.
  9. maxiogee Banned

    Vaguely related to child-ness.
    When Maxiogee Jnr was about 10 he told us that the reason a neighbour's son was so moody was because he was "going through pukerty!"
    It's a lovely word.

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