Word Of The Week: Sprog

Very soon now I'll be taking time off to look after our kids for a couple of weeks, while my wife takes a long overdue trip to West Africa to visit her ailing mother. Here's what the Merriam-Webster Online dictionary says about the word child:

  1. A young person who is between infancy and adulthood
  2. A recently born person

Synonyms: bairn [chiefly Scottish], cub, juvenile, kid, youngster, youth

Related Words: adolescent, minor; schoolboy, schoolchild, schoolgirl; moppet, nestling, toddler, tot, tyke; brat, imp, squirt, urchin, whippersnapper; cherub; preteen, subteen, teenager, teenybopper; lad, nipper, shaver, stripling, tad; bobby-soxer, hoyden, tomboy

You'll notice that there's no mention at all of:

  • Sprog - once disparaging term for a child, now often used affectionately (Chiefly British). See http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sprog
    (hence sprogging and sprogged)
  • Dustbin lid - Cockney rhyming slang for kid. See http://www.cockneyrhymingslang.co.uk/slang/dustbin_lid

What are your favorite synonyms and related words for 'child'? Let me know by commenting here.

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