[Frost (8), his friend (10), Wren (3) and I are sitting around the kitchen table playing Top Dogs. After a spirited final round, his friend won the 14 point trophy.]
Frost: You boned us!
The friend and I look surprised. The friend guffaws a bit. Wren snaps elastic bands onto the peg-board.
Me: Do you know what that means?
Me: Its a rude word for having sex.
Me: Like.. well... it refers to ... when a penis gets hard. Its like it has a bone in it.
Frost: Ooooh! Yeah?
Friend: I know the proper word for that!
Me: Do you?
Friend (speaking as if announcing the winner of a derby): ERECTION!
Me: Yep, its called an erection. So, boning is a bit of a rude way of saying having sex.
Frost: Oooh, that's what a boner is!
Friend: At school, at recess, the boys in my class run up to 4th graders in the playground and
just say "ERECTION!" and run off.
Me: [cracking up] They do WHAT?
Friend: I don't do it. Of course. I don't. But some kids in my class run up to 4th graders and say
Me: Do the fourth graders know what it means?
Friend: Dunno. "ERECTION!!!!"
So, now its up to you. Are you going to tell your kid what an erection is or tell them its just a way kids say "I want to be your friend."