A Fart by any other name

Spain
August 26, 2009 2:32pm CST
My granddaughter came visiting today. Like most of my side of the family, she has no reservations about holding in her wind, and she let one go. She's almost 3, and she looked at me and laughed. I didn't want to use words her mother wouldn't like, but she was obviously after a reaction, so I said 'Chloe, you just trumped!' She came back with, 'No I didn't, Nanny, I farted!' So much for my attempt to keep her vocabulary clean, but it made me wonder: what do you call a fart in your family? Trump? Bottom Burp? Or something more graphic?Please feel free to add to my farting glossary.
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• United States
27 Aug 09
My five year old son loves to tell everyone when he farts he thinks it is so cute which there is nothing wrong with it. I have always heard"better out then in" and "pim a rose on that". We all should be teaching our children it is ok to let a fart for holding one in could cause damage to anyone's insides even reverse and cause it to make you feel aweful. I know I get gas from many different foods and there is ways to cut the gas down on those foods. Like a tablespoon of peanutbutter in chili to cut the acid down causing less gas from eating it. We also call it farts, stinky, booboo but after all fart is the best word I do believe.
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• Spain
27 Aug 09
You're right, 'fart' is the best word. Also, we shouldn't encourage children to think of farting as anything other than a natural process. I like 'pin a rose on that.'
@neildc (17268)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
27 Aug 09
if it is silent, then it is a "whistle". if it is loud, then it is a "bomb". but whether it is a whistle or a bomb, we call it "utot" in our dialect. that would be said as "uhh" + "taught"
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• Spain
27 Aug 09
Thanks for the language lesson, Neil! I'm getting loads of new words for my farting glossary.
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@jellymonty (2358)
27 Aug 09
sorry just blew one right now... who cares am all alone in my lovely apartemnt so I'm allowed to do that... Well usually in my family we call it "deadly tsunami" but my grandma always preferred saying "you've blown the fuse again!" But down in the streets I grew up we call it "dynamite" (I'm only translating it all in English as it sounds so vulgar in Portuguese and Swahili!) It's amazing how kids today are learning nasty vocabulary so young..
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• Spain
27 Aug 09
Hello Jelly, 'Blown a fuse,' I like that. And you've just made the point that a fart, like a smile, is something that transcends language - although not many people smile when I fart!
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• United States
26 Aug 09
It is a forbidden word in my family. Well, not really. My brother likes doing it a lot and my mother or grandmother would just be like "What are you doing?!" The word fart is never mentioned. Maybe they think it's not ladylike to speak of it? I don't really care but I would want to say away from my brother's farts
• Spain
26 Aug 09
You could be right. Not being particularly ladylike myself, it's not something I could comment on with authority, but I agree Brother Farts are probably the worst of the lot.
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@Hatley (157524)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Aug 09
hi sandra wow kids are so funny. lets see my husband always'had'a song he used to sing when we had had beans and were really gassy," beans, beans,the musical fruit,when you eat them you go toot toot." So we'called farts toots after the musical fruit you know. sometimes we called it poot poot,so toot and poot were our names for a fart. I would like to know after all these years,82 to be exact,how does one'really hold in gas, I mean after awhile no matter how embarrassing it may be, I have always had to let go no matter how hard i tried not to. maybe I can learn something.he he he
• Spain
26 Aug 09
Hello Hatley. I like that farting song - perhaps if we get a few more we could have a farting song book! At 82, I should think you're entitled to let go. It's not embarrassment that makes me hold on, it's concern for my fellow man. My farts are evil without exception.
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@dawnald (84126)
• Shingle Springs, California
27 Aug 09
fart and my kids aren't shy about saying it!
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• Spain
27 Aug 09
Hello, Dawn. Well, as we've already said, 'fart' is as good a name as any. It's onomatapoeic, isn't it - the name sounds just like what it's describing - at least, I think so!
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@dawnald (84126)
• Shingle Springs, California
27 Aug 09
I remember when I was a kid we looked up 'swear words' in the dictionary. Fart was the only one we actually found. As I recall the definition was "an explosion between the legs". We thought that was totally hilarious!
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• Spain
28 Aug 09
We've all looked up rude words in the dictionary, but I've never come across that definition. It kind of makes your eyes water just thinking about it - just as the fart would!
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
27 Aug 09
Does the words "oh my god" and rolled eyes count as a name? Cause that is usually what is said.. Or I think you need oiled your screeching to loud..but I guess we just call them farts or stinkers...mostly
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• Spain
27 Aug 09
Hey, this is a fun discussion so everything counts. One point I'd raise is this, though. If you can roll your eyes, the fart isn't a really bad one. If it was, your eyes would be watering, and you can't roll watering eyes. I know - I've tried!
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
27 Aug 09
Thankfully 75% of the time I am across the room from hubby's..because he gives a whole new meaning to silent but deadly..
@p1kef1sh (45647)
27 Aug 09
We call it "fart too. However, I am reminded of a story. A friend of mine said he word "fart" when he was about 6 in front of his father. A rather upright Methodist Minister. His father told him that it wasn't a polite word to use at all. If he had to make a reference to it he should call it a "whisper". My friend was a good boy and dutifully changed the word to "whisper". One day his grandmother was staying. She asked him what he wanted for Christmas "Come and whisper in Garndma's ear" she said!!!
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• Spain
27 Aug 09
Oh, I just love that story! Hope Grandma didn't have her digital hearing aid in, or there could have been terrible repercussions there. We can always rely on you for a laugh. Thanks for making my night.
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
27 Aug 09
Now that I would have liked to have seen..lol
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
27 Aug 09
Hello sandra1952 Too funny , well I was bought with the old fashion passed gas, and it stuck with me, I like the names you have for it, will try to remember this in the future I can me now saying to someone you bottom burped lmaoo, they will say what you called me lmaooo Thanks for making me laugh.
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• Spain
27 Aug 09
That's what it's all about here, enjoyng ourselves and getting educated at the same time. Thanks for dropping by.
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
27 Aug 09
Hello sandra1952 You are so right, thanks alot for that
1 Sep 09
Personally a fart is a fart unless it's a shart and that's just a messy matter. I remember growing up my parents were very much old school and any unfortunate noises were usually ignored, although the term "You let rip" was occassionaly mentioned or the rather more tame "parped".
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@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
28 Aug 09
Hi Sandra! look at www.heptune.com/farts.html to answer all of your gaseous questions! Husbands favorite scent scapegoats are "mouse on a motor cycle!" or "barking spiders". Me? I poof, which is better than a shart any day. You know what a shart is, right? it's when you try to fart and semi solid materials come out...also known as a "foop". "Prairie doggin" is no picnic either. happy horn tooting!
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• Spain
28 Aug 09
Hello, Jodi. You've perusaded me to leave Mylot for a while to check out that one. Love 'mouse on a motor cycle.' I think you've probably given me more 'scent scapegoats' than anyone else up to now. Just proves my point that just because we toot our horns, it doesn't mean we're not sensitive, imaginative souls as well!
@Kowgirl (3492)
• United States
27 Aug 09
It may sound vulgar now but it wasn't back in 1755 or earlier. The word fart was in pre-modern times not considered especially vulgar and could often be encountered in literary works. Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1755, included the word. We have since made a number of words that was used back then as not appropriate to be used today. My grandchildren call it a toot or backend burp. I wonder just how many synonyms have evolved for this word???
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• Spain
27 Aug 09
I've read a lot of literature from that time and, as you say, they weren't so squeamish about their terminology then. Come to think of it, I'm sure I've seen 'fart' used in at least one of Shakespeare's plays, though I can't remember which one. That was a good 200 years ahead of Samuel Johnson. I like 'backend burp,' and, like you, I wonder how many synonyms there are? Wish I had £1 for every one!
@mzz663 (2776)
• United States
27 Aug 09
Too funny!! my grand daughter is two and uses different words, I think because she's around so many different people and they all try to persuade her to use the same "clean vocabulary" She's used farted, stinkered. My kids have used "Sharted" (when you thought you had to fart but $h&t yourself instead) toot or tooted. My niece made me laugh the other day when she used the word "fluffed" to her little one.
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• Spain
27 Aug 09
I love 'sharted.' 'stinkered' is pretty good too. I'm amazed at how many different words have come up already, and I have a feeling we're not finished yet. Glad you like the discussion - it's nice to have some fun, isn't it?
@pupupd (1521)
• India
27 Aug 09
Hi, a really funny discussion. I am from INDIA and we all have our own different languages which we use to call this "BIG WORK". We usually call it a "PAAD" which is the actual translation in Hindi for FART, other than this we use "Let the air out" or something similar in our own language. Sorry, but I couldn't add any English words for FART! You can call it a "reverse burp" lol
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• Spain
27 Aug 09
Hello. As several of us have said, t best English word for a fart is 'fart,' but thanks for the Hindi translations, and 'reverse burp' is very refined! Glad you're enjoying the discussion - that's what Mylot is here for.
• Philippines
27 Aug 09
LOL that is very funny.
@neildc (17268)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
27 Aug 09
if it is silent, then it is a "whistle". if it is loud, then it is a "bomb". but whether it is a whistle or a bomb, we call it "utot" in our dialect. that would be said as "uhh" + "taught"