February 23, 2019




Can I say "butt"?  Is it proper? "The medical term for butt is nothing more interesting than buttocks. The majority of each buttock is made up of fat and the gluteus maximus muscle. Also, butt crack has a more scientific name – the inter-gluteal cleft or the natal cleft."  (Definition of buttocks)


"Butt" is the informal word I use when I speak of someones backside.  Personally, I see it as a very beautiful part of the human body, just like everything the human body is made up of.  I am an art teacher and I was telling them how to draw the baby's butt when drawing the nativity.   There were multiple intakes of breath around me.  Oops, I should not have said "butt."   Especially in drawing baby Jesus.  Oops, sorry, my mistake.

"OK, then,  his bottom," I said shyly.  I still didn't know what to say.  I thought "butt" was acceptable nowadays.

I had a similar thing happen when I told my 5 year old grandson to shake his butt when we were moving to the music.  I must be uncouth at my older age.  I asked him what he called it.   He said "booty".   I laughed.


So here are my choices, after looking on google: 

 backside, bottom, behind, seat, rump, rear, rearend, cheeks, hindquarters, haunches derrière, butt, fanny, tush, tushie, tail, duff, buns, booty, caboose, heinie, patootie, keister, tuchis, 


That is TWENTY-FOUR!  I don't like any of them really.  "Patootie" is kinda cute. I do like to say "butt".


Why so many words?  Is there a variety of words I can say for my hand, or foot, or eye?   Actually, no.  I looked it up.  There are no synonyms.   Awwww.  You figure it out.






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