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bihunsedap
Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2018 4:26:35 AM

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He has a runny nose.
He wiped his nose with his hand and made face dirty.
"What is this?" he asked me.
snivel,mucus?or...?” what word is understandable to a 4 years old kid?
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2018 6:11:35 AM

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I would call it snot.

This is mucus that specifically comes from the nose, mucus could be from other places in the body for example the mouth.

I would not call it snivel, snivel is the action of sniffing when you have a cold.

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Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2018 8:49:38 AM

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Call it mucus. No reason to teach a child vulgarisms when it isn't necessary. The other kids will teach him that.

And the fact that mucus can also come from other locations in the body is immaterial.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2018 9:46:13 AM

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Wilmar (USA) wrote:
Call it mucus. No reason to teach a child vulgarisms when it isn't necessary. The other kids will teach him that.

And the fact that mucus can also come from other locations in the body is immaterial.


Snot is informal but I would not call it a vulgarism, we often use informal words with children rather than formal ones poo or poop rather than faeces would be another example.

The fact that snot is specifically mucus from the nose as opposed to sputum is not immaterial.

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ozok
Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2018 10:20:09 AM
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The OP has answered this himself.

Can’t you just say:

'That’s from your runny nose and if you wipe your nose with your hand you will get a dirty face.'




just sayin'
bihunsedap
Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2018 8:38:36 PM

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Thanks all.
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