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How often do you use the word 'naughty'?

Asked by Stinley (11505points) May 4th, 2016

One of my friends put a picture of her cat on facebook and described him as a ‘naughty cat’. I thought nothing of this until an American friend of ours said that since she moved back to the US she never hears the word naughty. I know we’ve been talking a lot on here about words and pronunciation etc. but I was taken a little bit aback by this and wanted to ask. Is she right? Is naughty not used? I think it is a great word.

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stanleybmanly's avatar

People with little kids toss the word around regularly depending on the varying dispositions of their own little criminals & my little girl was such a revelation that the word is still ingrained in the forefront of my lexicon 30 years later.

zenvelo's avatar

I use it every once in a while when talking about one’s naughty bits. But i haven’t used it to describe my kids misbehaving since they were little.

My late father used to say it occasionally.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I’ve used it once since childhood. I was describing a behavior of a horse to the horse’s owner. I was trying to be nice about her biter.

zenvelo's avatar

But where I found the children naughty,
In manners rude, in temper haughty,
Thankless to parents, liars, swearers,
Boxers, or cheats, or base tale-bearers,

I left a long, black, birchen rod,
Such as the dread command of God
Directs a Parent’s hand to use
When virtue’s path his sons refuse.

Soubresaut's avatar

Professor used it yesterday to describe a poet we’re reading: “he was a naughty man!”—of course, in that case it had definite “naughty bits” connotations

janbb's avatar

My cousin always described Frodo as “such a naughty dog.” But I don’t think the term is used in the US as much as it is in England. I also don’t think kids are chastised as much in the US as they sometimes are in Britain.

jca's avatar

I don’t use it in reference to “naughty bits.” I may occasionally use it in reference to a photo of a cat or something. I don’t use it very often.

Pachy's avatar

Only around Christmas.

Does that make me naughty?

ibstubro's avatar

As has been suggested elsewhere in this thread, I think “naughty” is generally a reference to things of a sexual nature in the US. Thank the puritanical censors and the booming porn industry.

Still, I use it occasionally. I like words and using words in traditional, but seldom used, context is fun. Like queer. I still use the word in the context of “odd’ occasionally.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

I use the word often, to describe software problems, an ATM that won’t accept my debit card, inconvenient weather, my misbehaving cat or dog, and all sorts of other, developed-world problems. I guess I think of “naughty” as a fun, harmless way to express very mild frustration about things that really aren’t serious at all.

Coloma's avatar

I use it on occasion as @Espiritus_Corvus does, to describe some of the animals behaviors.
My goose is “naughty” when he gooses people, the horses are “naughty” when they nip. It’s a good word to describe a capricious behavior without assigning evil intent.

syz's avatar

I am pretty sure that I have never used the word “naughty” in conversation.

janbb's avatar

I’m also pretty sure that most people in the US who talk about “naughty bits” got it from Monty Python originally whether they know it or not.

imrainmaker's avatar

In some parts of the world naughty has sensuous meaning..he / she is being naughty.

dammitjanetfromvegas's avatar

Only when I’m sexting.~

I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve used the word. I’ve never told my children they were being naughty.

Cupcake's avatar

I use it with my kids. I remember my sweet aunt, who was an elementary school teacher, used to use the word. Once I had little ones, I found myself using it too. It feels wholesome to me, and reminds me of my aunt.

I do not ever use the word as a genital or sexual reference.

JLeslie's avatar

I don’t think I’ve said that word in 20 years. Maybe more. It’s not absent from my vocabulary, but I never think to use it. Maybe when referring to Santa and which kids are naughty or nice. But, that’s because it’s a saying. I don’t think of children as naughty. However, I don’t have children, so who knows what word I would grab out of the air if I was actually dealing with kids every day.

Naught can have sexual meanings too. I don’t use the word for that either, but I don’t find the usage unusual.

dxs's avatar

I only hear it used it in a joking or unserious manner.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

@dammitjanetfromvegas I hope you sext exclusively with @Blondesjon?!?! If not, I’m afraid I’m going to have to report you. :-)

rojo's avatar

Only in conjunction with the word “Zoot” so not very often.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I use it as a joke to describe genitals – “the naughty bits”.

Cruiser's avatar

A couple times a week when my wife calls me at work.

Jeruba's avatar

Frequency? Oh, I’d say maybe a dozen or so times a year. Let’s call it about once a month. It’s typically said with some humor, a light-hearted mock accusation: “What makes you so naughty?” or “That movie looks pretty naughty.”

I used it differently when my children were small; then it did mean misbehavior. I never, ever, ever told them they were bad, though, not even jokingly. I never wanted them to take in the thought “I’m a bad boy.”

Dutchess_III's avatar

Rarely, but when I do it’s to describe one of the kids, usually in a joking manner.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Not so much since my children are grown up. My fur babies are sometimes naughty. I might say ‘well that’s a bit naughty when a pollie or organisation or colleague commits a minor sin’. However, I’m a pom, so perhaps it’s a word that is more often used by my peers.

anniereborn's avatar

I use it quite often when referring to my cats as well.

Pandora's avatar

Not that often. Maybe once in a while. Sorry, I’ve been naughty. I ate the last donut or finished off the last of the icecream or I switched the cards in the deck when you went to the bathroom. But usually I say. Sorry, I’ve been bad. :(

jca's avatar

I say “I’ve been a bad, baad girl.”

dxs's avatar

I’ve been careless with a delicate man…

twotailz's avatar

Only when talking about Santa Claus.

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