“He did, he said boobies.”
On the balance of probabilities, my daughter was probably telling the truth about her brother.
She continued. “You shouldn’t say boobies. You should say breasts.”
I silently concluded that actually it was marginally more preferable that my four-year-old boy ran around shouting “BOOBIES!” rather than “BREASTS!” but even so felt compelled to suggest: “Well, maybe both of you should talk about something else.”
My girl looked at me scornfully.
“They are just part of our bodies, Mum.”
I felt suitably chastised*, and quite proud of my daughter’s display of maturity.
A moment later, I was slightly less proud of my son, who looked at her solemnly, considered the wisdom of her words, then turned to me and announced: “Yes, they are just part of our bodies, booby-head.”
The little tit.
I went with chastised instead of my original choice of word, which was chastened - although the dictionary definition of the latter has a rather fine example of usage, considering the subject of this post:
verb [trans.] (usu. be chastened) (of a reproof or misfortune) have a restraining or moderating effect on: the director was somewhat chastened by his recent flops.
Having seen this, I will now be compelled, every single night when I take my bra off, to utter: “I am somewhat chastened by my recent flops.”
Big Joe Turner - Flip, Flop And Fly