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Do You Have “Children” or “Kids”?


Using kids to mean children is so commonplace today that one might forget that until the 1840s, kid always meant “a young goat.”

My dictionary says kid goes back to the 13th century, while dictionary.com places it between 1150-1200. That’s a long time to refer to a young goat as a kid and a young human as a child.

Today, using kid to mean child is still considered informal. Then again, aren’t we as a society becoming more and more informal?

Of course, if you’re a farmer, you might have kids and children. I sure hope your young humans know the difference. I doubt if your goats care.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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October 16, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

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