Paul, Paul, Pudding. Do you remember the day your child used this flowery language for the first time, while adopting a mischievous air and a certain pride? when they arrive Three and four years oldour children fall into what appears to be a mandatory passage: Bad Words Obsession and Bad Jokes. What do the words really mean “caca-boudin” For young children? How did that expression, which you were already using to shock your parents at the time, Passed from generation to generation ?
To answer questions that may arise from this term, planet He gave the floor to two specialists: one, children, and the other, language. Dr.. Edwig AnterAnd Pediatrician She is famous for her broadcasts on France Inter and her parliamentary role in the abolition of spanking, as she explains Why is the expression ‘Kaka Boden’ so appreciated by youngsters?. You can find it in his latest book, my healthy baby (Eyrolles editions).
from his side, Laetitia Abad EsteoPassionate about language games and the face behind arithmetic Tweet embed On Instagram, he tells us How spoiled humor has proven itself in our vocabulary as well as in our daily lives. She is also the author of the book rowdy, hysterical, etc.And Co-written with Alice Pfalzer (Mango Editions). Together, they strive to discover and share the discriminatory nature of some of the insults unfortunately used on a daily basis.
Where does this touch of humor come from, which makes us Either he dies of laughter or blushes ? According to Dr. Edwig Anter, it’s not just about the crossing of generations, but also “the meridians of the planet.” “The fetus is already Programmed to express primary feelings through facial expressions, joy, disgust, anger … This expression is not a matter of learning and not of culture. So, will always lastwhile being modified by the development of hygiene parenting methods that have an impact on the feelings of our children”, she explains to us.
Moreover, it seems that this use of not only the term “caca-boudin” but also of whatever attracts our droppings is well established in history. “Using shit as an insult is not modern,” says account writer @cestquoicetteinsulte. “On the walls of Pompeiione can read this inscription from the first century “Kakator, Malum Cave” She asserts that the word “cheor, beware” proves once again that the lexicon of shit is not rooted in the French language or in our modern societies.
But how does poo manage to hold our kids together, and why does it make them laugh so much?
Caca-boudin: a way to insult without reprimand
Humor is a must. This is the definition of Stool given by Laëtitia Abad Estieu, who rules that if the word swearing can sometimes bother, it is “never disturbed in a really annoying way.” The occasion, for children as well as for adults, to speed up the breakthrough: “The naming of the scattered taboo often makes it possible Laugh together, not at each other’s expense‘, she assures us. If the term allows you to swear without scolding, there are other elements that make it so precious in the eyes of little ones.
“After I trained under all the heavens, I noticed that ‘caca-boudin’ is universal expression,3-4 years old. Parents are shocked to hear that from the mouth of their little daughter who has grown up in such a delicate way … They immediately say: “She learns it at school, where there are poorly raised children.” They don’t realize why their treasure was so happy to hear her peers cheer Kaka Bodenand what pleasure it is to chant … ”, notes the pediatrician.
According to her, this word often corresponds to To two universal feelings. First, “basic emotion gut feeling And the joy of achieving expulsion.” Then “secondary emotion.” Fear of adult feelings (…) And disgust shame Inspired by cleaning.
A position shared by Laetitia Abad Esteo, which confirms it “Stool in all its forms is at the top of the pyramid that is contaminated.” “From an early age, our parents strive to avoid calling it ‘bobo’ or ‘going to the potty. turning point The child generally understands that what comes out of his body on this famous potty is a taboo. He or she shouldn’t touch it, he shouldn’t move it around, and he shouldn’t paint walls.”
However ! Children are not the only ones who use the lexical field straight from the small corner to express themselves on a daily basis…
Caca-boudin: stinging insults necessary to “laugh together”?
According to Dr. Edwig Anter, the phrase “caca-boudin” disappears from infantile language about the fourth year. But this will not prevent it from returning to the mouths of adults! “Used by his greatest insulting value‘, she notes. With age, lewd insults persist but take on other forms. It is considered more mature.
“The obscene insults Being in essence a blanket insult, they are very present in the book we wrote with Alice Pfältzer. Thus we discover that the first infantile “caca-boudin” has been reduced to infinity from the terms of “adult”, From pain in the ass to filth, passing through bliss‘,” explains Laetitia Abad Esteo.
Moreover, these insults Most comprehensive : “Defecation matters to all of humanity, even if it sometimes takes different forms. Thus, there is no potential discrimination, no insult affecting our gender, our origins, or our intellectual abilities because faeces put everyone on the same level. We all produce it!”, she concludes.