Is Fart a Bad Word?


March 5, 2009

As I trek deeper into the world of mommy-hood, I always seem to find myself facing a new challenge. One week it’s wondering what to do when all my daughter wants to eat is waffles, and the next week it’s realizing that she has developed a fiery addiction to anything involving Disney Princesses. She is currently in Disney Princess rehab where she is learning that not everything embossed with Cinderella’s face on it needs to belong to her. 

My newest challenge is trying to figure out what are acceptable words to teach Berlyn. Her vocabulary is growing exponentially. and she repeats everything I say. She’s so curious about things and what they mean, and I want to give her the correct word. 

Take for instance this morning when she pushed out a loud, bumpy, kinda awesome fart, and declared, “Mama, I pooped!”

“No, dear that was a fart. You farted.”

“Mama, I farted!”

“Yup, that’s right.”

Oh, but it felt so wrong. Isn’t fart a bad word? What should I have called it instead? Toot? Should I have said, honey, you had flatulence? You broke wind. I can’t even get the words out without wanting to do a phony british accent. 

“No, dear, you merely broke wind, now hand mummy a crumpet, and then I have to change your nappy. Cherri-o then”


It’s not a bad word in my house, but it was in my mom’s when I was growing up. Maybe times are changing?

by Lora on March 6, 2009

My parents always used to make us say we “shot a bunny.” Looking back on it, that sounds horrible and cruel and weird in some really messed up kind of way. Shot a bunny? Really?

by Bridget on March 6, 2009

Ugh I messed up my Web site.

by Bridget on March 6, 2009

In my house we always referred to it as “tooting.” And breasts were always called “bosoms.” This made for a really awkward transition into middle school.

by amanda on March 6, 2009

“Fart” always sounds crude when used by young’uns, but my son seems to love it (he’s 6). I’ve been searching for a suitable alternative, and I am so loving “shot a bunny.” It’s way more hip than “cut the cheese” and more edgy that “pootered,” which is what I’ve been encouraging. I think “fart” should be reserved for older kids, you know, like PG-13 movies and “Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret?” (Don’t tell me you’re already reading that to her at bedtime.)

by dgm on March 8, 2009

Growing up in a house with all brothers I think all of the “polite” ways of saying things especially referring to your body or its functions was ruined for me. Never more obvious that when I was in kindergarten, my family referred to male anatomy as a “Peter” until one day at school when a new boy joined our class…his name,,,of course, Peter. I erupted in a fit of giggles and got in trouble.

Ohh and my 80 yr old grandpa doesn’t say fart…he says..”did you hear that barking spider?”

by Courtney on March 8, 2009

True story … when my niece was three she “tooted” and turned around to look at me and I said, “did you toot?” She replied with, “No Aunt Kiki, I farted.” I about died. Three YEARS old. She’s never stopped being funny either.

by Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer on March 16, 2009

I didn’t want my son using that word when he was young, so we called them ‘bum burps’. Everyone thought that was cute and that phrase didn’t offend anyone 🙂

by Sharon on April 2, 2010

When I was brought up we couldn’t say that word FART. we used to say “BOOTIE TOOTIES” everyone qused to make fun of me!! When we said it… so ya I don’t say that anymore!!!!

by Brook on May 10, 2011

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