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This has got nothing what so ever to do with Christmas but, what reasonably polite expression would a young 20 something woman use if she wanted to say she was unexpectedly pregnant? I need the expression for something I'm writing and I don't want to sound old fashioned. All I can think of is 'bun in the oven' or the slightly more coarse, 'up the duff', both very out of date. Any ideas?

Posted at 21st Dec 2008 - 06:50PM   Posted by Lampworkbeader   Nothing to do with Christmas Comments: 13

Blossomcottage's Avatar Knocked up! is one I have heard recently.

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 21st Dec 2008 at 06:52PM

KittyB's Avatar I was told off for saying up the duff, knocked up and pregnant! 'I'm having a baby' seemed the safest option. Too many people found too many euphemisms offensive! Perhaps 'with child' may be coy enough!

Posted by: KittyB on 21st Dec 2008 at 07:42PM

LittleBrownDog's Avatar "In the family way" possibly has a slightly less coarse, slightly ironically retro feel about it... Cool. What are you writing, Lampie?

Posted by: LittleBrownDog on 21st Dec 2008 at 08:04PM

Snailbeachshepherdess's Avatar An interesting condition?
In calf?

Posted by: Snailbeachshepherdess on 21st Dec 2008 at 08:37PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Darn it was going to ask Wildchild - but she isn't on MSN the latter being a sign of the times ie a parent communicating with her child by MSN. Perhaps a modern girl would text I'm L8.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 21st Dec 2008 at 09:10PM

Withy Brook's Avatar I would text Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Withy Brook on 21st Dec 2008 at 09:17PM

Lawyerlady's Avatar unexpectadly blessed!

Posted by: Lawyerlady on 21st Dec 2008 at 10:09PM

Angel's Avatar "Up the duff" is coarse-but the first phrase that sprang to mind. "Knocked up" is the next. More modern.
Otherwise-the dialogue-"S**t. I'm pregnant." or words to that effect...

have fun

warm wishes

Posted by: Angel on 21st Dec 2008 at 11:25PM

Frances's Avatar Too old to answer this, but would suggest that you ask a few young girls/women for the words they would chose.

I actually am curious to know what is current lingo. Want me to interview folks on my subway train, or those waiting on the platform for the train that never seems to arrive?

Promise you...I will not ask them.

Posted by: Frances on 22nd Dec 2008 at 01:09AM

Camilla's Avatar Could say perhaps...... 'expecting the patter of tiny feet', I quite like this expression Lampie.


Posted by: Camilla on 22nd Dec 2008 at 02:43AM

Faith's Avatar I don't think a 20 year old nowadays would use any of those expressions. When she wakes up I will ask my 20 year old what she would say. Don't hold your breath til midday.

Posted by: Faith on 22nd Dec 2008 at 08:02AM

Inthemud's Avatar Well, when my daughter's friend (18) found out she was pregnant recently, my daughter just rang me and said "L's just done a test and has found out she's pregnant and she don't know what to do", my daughter's group seem to all talk about being pregnant, very matter of fact.

Posted by: Inthemud on 22nd Dec 2008 at 09:26AM

Fennie's Avatar Fascinating. I am no great judge of young people's long but I would agree with those who say 'pregnant'....except that they might say

"I' (and deep breath).......pregnant"

Posted by: Fennie on 22nd Dec 2008 at 09:35AM

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