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Hi, all,


What's your opinion on using the word 'poo' in children's picture books? And does is sound any worse than 'poop'?


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#1 - February 09, 2014, 12:21 PM
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It depends on the context.  I seldom see it referenced in PBs, but don't have an objection as long as it's being used in a way that "works" in the story, rather than just for effect.

That said, I vote YES to poo!!!  (Definitely favor poo over poop.)


And this is sounding like a very casual fiber supplement commercial. 


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#2 - February 09, 2014, 05:37 PM

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I thought 'poo' was just the UK version of 'poop'. Is there some other meaning to it in the US?


I would only use it if it was essential to the story, ie you have to mention poop/poo otherwise the story makes no sense. I wouldn't use it as an exclamation, though. "Oh, poo!" said Bear, as she whooshed down the wooden slide and got a splinter in her behind. Not like that, no. :grin
#3 - February 11, 2014, 10:17 AM

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I personally dislike the word poo. It's grosser and gushier and smellier to me. Poo drips out of diapers, is flung by monkeys, and is smeared on walls.  But it's not an offensive word -- I just have a stronger sensory reaction to poo than poop ;)

Also, I think the expression is "Oh, pooh!"
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Also, I think the expression is "Oh, pooh!"


Um, not if you're making a joke it's not! Although clearly that joke didn't translate very well... It was supposed to the child version of the same thing grown-ups say using a word beginning with s and ending with t. Pooh doesn't have that same meaning even though it stems from the same meaning, most likely. You can say you pooh-poohed something and still be considered a polite person. Not so with poo.
#5 - February 11, 2014, 11:49 AM

I think poo is fine.
I know a few people (women) who say the word
here and there. "oh, poo, my electric bill is high
this month!", etc. I use it, too.
And although I have no idea how editors feel about
the word, many kids get a kick out of the word itself.

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Thanks for your opinions, all. I was referencing the poo as in the washroom one :-)


I was a bit skeptical, but for the premise of the book, I think I used it ok, reading all your comments.
#7 - February 21, 2014, 07:42 PM
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