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Do children know what "eating crow" means? Mine do, but they also hear it in a song they love. I've used the phrase before, but not often.

Just wondering if you could ask your kiddos for me... :)
#1 - June 04, 2012, 07:26 AM
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My kids (8 and 5) do not know what it means.
#2 - June 04, 2012, 08:02 AM
AN EYEBALL IN MY GARDEN, Marshall Cavendish Children's Books
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I think it's OK to use words/expressions kids have never heard before. They have to learn them somewhere.
#3 - June 04, 2012, 08:12 AM

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Thanks, Wolfie. I am using it in a wip and it has a double meaning. I'm excited about the story, but it is a little weird. Much like me. :)

I think it's OK to use words/expressions kids have never heard before. They have to learn them somewhere.

I agree!
#4 - June 04, 2012, 08:26 AM
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My 8-yr-old did not know it...But I'm with Kurtis. Teach it.
#5 - June 04, 2012, 11:18 AM
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Agree.  My 12 year old wouldn't be able to tell you what this meant, I'm sure, but the reason I DID know stuff like that as a kid was that I read so many gosh darn books and gathered the meaning through exposure.
#6 - June 04, 2012, 11:43 AM

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Yes, what they all said.  Even though my kids don't know that phrase, what better place to learn it than in a book? :)
#7 - June 04, 2012, 12:08 PM
AN EYEBALL IN MY GARDEN, Marshall Cavendish Children's Books
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I think my kids do, but again, it's in a song by the The Band Perry that plays a lot here...
Side note... there's a Christmas kid song by Brad Paisley about a penguin that they love. He rhymes "cufflinks" with "satellite uplinks" and they asked me what cufflinks were, but they knew all about the other. ;)
Kids know weird stuff. And they don't know normal stuff... I think it's ok to teach them about it in a book, too!
#8 - June 04, 2012, 12:35 PM
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My 7 month old doesn't know what eating crow means, but if she could get her hands on a crow, she'd definitely try to put it in her mouth.
#9 - June 04, 2012, 01:34 PM

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I think my kids do, but again, it's in a song by the The Band Perry that plays a lot here...
Side note... there's a Christmas kid song by Brad Paisley about a penguin that they love. He rhymes "cufflinks" with "satellite uplinks" and they asked me what cufflinks were, but they knew all about the other. ;)
Kids know weird stuff. And they don't know normal stuff... I think it's ok to teach them about it in a book, too!

My kids know what it means b/c of the Band Perry Song, too. I like how she uses it in the song. Brilliant!
#10 - June 04, 2012, 04:14 PM
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My 7 month old doesn't know what eating crow means, but if she could get her hands on a crow, she'd definitely try to put it in her mouth.

 :dr
#11 - June 04, 2012, 04:16 PM
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Thanks y'all! I will leave it in. I really wanted to, anyway... y'all just helped me make a firm decision! (of course, an editor might come along and say NAY. We'll see!)

I am very excited about this PB. It's a weird one - but it makes me laugh. And now... time for more revisions!


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My 7 month old doesn't know what eating crow means, but if she could get her hands on a crow, she'd definitely try to put it in her mouth.

Sounds like all my kids at that age. Shoot... they still eat anything and everything!
#12 - June 04, 2012, 04:19 PM
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Crow probably tastes like chicken...I just had to say that.
 :chickendance
#13 - June 04, 2012, 06:25 PM

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Heehee! Probably. I read a few recipes and it sounds pretty good, well, if you don't have anything else to eat.

I'm just sayin'...
#14 - June 04, 2012, 06:33 PM
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So what does it mean? I've never heard it before and my kids aren't here to ask ...  :)
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Hi Pippa! Here is one definition: http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/?date=19971209 and here: http://linguisticmystic.com/2006/12/29/eating-crow-an-english-idiom-and-an-example-of-its-use-in-my-personal-life/

and a lengthy discussion can be found here: http://www.worldwidewords.org/articles/eatcrow.htm (I haven't read the entire thing, so my apologies if it is offensive)
#16 - July 04, 2012, 11:48 AM
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Oh! now I get it. I do this all the time. Who'da thunk.

Thanks DonnaE
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