Originally Posted by EdnaMarie
(Is "butt" really on the same level as "clit"? I've never even heard anyone use the term "vag". I don't think of "clit" as a rude word, just a little vulgar.)
No, I don't think they're on the same level-- "clit" is practically a deal-breaker word for me-- my point (perhaps poorly made) was that just because "butt" is short for "buttocks" doesn't make it "anatomically correct" or polite-sounding. IMHO. When I hear "butt," my first thought is "chortling eight year-old boys," and my second thought is, "cut of beef."
"Buttocks" seems very 80s workout video to me
There aren't many "anatomical terms" that can be used a pejorative for the whole person-- but some (d*ck [not exactly "anatomical, but still], *ss, and butt, and some other nasty ones) are. I know I heard "He's such a butt" innumerable times as a child. So hearing my 2.5 yo use the word would not be cute. (I mean, no one says, "He's such a bottom.")
ETA, we use anatomically correct terms for all genitalia, but for me calling the bottom the "buttocks" would be like calling her legs her "thighs and calves."
Again-- not a hill to die on.
ETA again: We don't say "boob" either.