I was completely unaware that I have been teaching my children words that are dirty, unsavoury and now apparently outlawed by a tribe of small minded librarians.
The word in question is, dare I say it, is...
A link on the wonderful Lowebrow led to an article in The New York Times where the children's book 'The Higher Power of Lucky' by Susan Patron has just been awarded a Newberry medal.
I read with growing horror that this bunch of prissy librarians are playing Book God and have decided that the word 'scrotum' is not suitable for children aged 9 - 12 and are banning the book.
Dana Nilsson, a teacher and librarian from Colorado, apart from the title quote above, also said - "This book included what I call a Howard Stern-type shock treatment just to see how far they could push the envelope".
My God, I wondered, has Susan Patron plastered this book in scrotums? Were there scrotes in every chapter and sentence? Did the author use the word in an over sexualised way, encouraging corruption in our pre-teens?
No. No. No.
On the opening page a boy overhears a conversation where someone is describing how their dog got bitten on the scrotum by a rattlesnake.
"Scrotum sounded to Lucky like something green that comes up when you have got the flu and cough too much".
When the Feckers were young I taught them that words themselves are not taboo, only when they are used in ignorance. I've got news for you Ms Nilsson! Half the world has a scrotum and my children can not only tell you the correct word for genitalia, and other un-librarian like words, but they can also give a hundred juicy alternatives should you ever need one!
Read the whole article HERE .