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Title: "weird," according to a kid
Post by: carrots on February 01, 2014, 08:01 AM
My 8 year-old MC boy thinks his elderly neighbor is crazy (not mentally ill, just odd).  Wanting to steer away from that word, I went with "weird," but it doesn't seem right.  I was thinking "kooky," but that only seems like something **I** would say.  What word do you think an 8-10 year-old boy would use?

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Title: Re: "weird," according to a kid
Post by: Wonderview on February 01, 2014, 09:21 AM
Hmm. Do you have to use a label? Why not just describe the weird things he observes the neighbor doing and show his reactions and leave it at that? Even if someone asks him to describe the neighbor, he can use a detail rather than a label. Eg:
"What do you think of him?" asked X's mom.
"He feeds his cat Chinese food."
 
Title: Re: "weird," according to a kid
Post by: Liz Straw on February 01, 2014, 12:07 PM
odd?
Title: Re: "weird," according to a kid
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on February 03, 2014, 08:15 AM
My 8 year old would say crazy or nuts or bananas. He loves the word banana. However, describing the strange things might be better.
Title: Re: "weird," according to a kid
Post by: Darlene D on February 03, 2014, 08:46 AM
My 11-year-old son says "nuts" and "insane" but is particularly fond of "cuckoo-loco."  Not sure where he picked that one up!