View Poll Results: Poo or Poop?
Poo 19 11.59%
Poop 75 45.73%
"Poo" is a noun and "poop" is a verb 11 6.71%
"Poo" is a verb and "poop" is a noun 4 2.44%
Depends on the qualities of the particular bowel movement 1 0.61%
Depends on the origin of the feces (explain: human vs. animal, male vs. female, baby vs. adult?) 3 1.83%
They have distinct connotations for some other reason 4 2.44%
I never use either of these words 47 28.66%
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:17 PM
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Do you "poo" or "poop"?

I "poo." I think it sounds funnier and possibly more onamatopoetic to have one blunt consonant end and one trailing vowel end. And "poo" is simply the more familiar version of the word I learned as a little kid (born in 1980s Ontario).

To me "poop" always felt like a less-gross euphemism largely confined to media professionals who are embarrassed to print/broadcast the word "poo", rather than a word anyone in the real world would use, but that is probably wrong. According to Etymonline, "poop" has referred to feces since the 1740s whereas "poo" is a relatively recent 1950s invention. So, tell me your age and region if you post a reply.
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:21 PM
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I've heard "poop" more often than "poo", and I'm in the Northeast (grew up in NJ, now in the Boston area).




Incidentally, I have a friend who said that what her dog did on his walk was "peep" and "poop". She's the only one I ever heard using "peep" for "pee", and I think it was unique to her. But if "poo" had been the usual term, she'd have said "pee" and "poo", rather than making her own micturition neologism.
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:24 PM
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"Poo" seems a little more polite than "poop" which has kind of an onomatopoeia thing going there ... I imagine the splash in the bowl.

Also, you forgot poo-poo, which is the correct term for baby poo.
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:28 PM
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Me? I "go", or I "take a shit". Or, if I'm in a doctor's office, I report on my bowel movements, indicating the color, texture and odor of the feces, if asked.

My youngest kid poops. I have no idea where she heard the term, but she's sticking to it, so I use it with her. (She knows the correct medical terms, though.)

When doing an assessment, I ask patients if they've had a "bowel movement" or if they've "moved their bowels", generally while I'm palpating or listening to their gut, so most people understand what I'm asking. If they look at me blankly, I amend it to "poop". Most of them, if not using "bowel movement", seem most comfortable with "poop" or "ca-ca". The latter actually makes my skin crawl, but since I'm there to make them as comfortable as possible, I use that term with those patients who use it first. Seems mostly people for whom English is a second language who use "ca-ca", so maybe it's a term in their first language? I don't know any native English speakers who use ca-ca past toddlerhood, although I'm sure they're out there.

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Old 02-18-2011, 12:36 PM
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If I'm out in public with my wife or friends or whatever, and nature calls (then begins to leave lengthy messages) so that I'll need to depart from the group, I'll usually announce this to whoever needs to know by saying "poop" in a high-pitched, cartoony noise. Anyone who may have overheard might think I was probably just making a noise and/or being weird. Such are my descreet ways.

When I'm at home, I just declare "I gotta shit!", as I push my kids out of the way.
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:38 PM
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40 year old female Brit. I 'drop the kids off at the pool'.

Okay okay, I 'poo'. 'Poop' sound American to me.

When I was a child, my doctor once asked me if I had 'gone to the toilet with paper'. Wha??
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:41 PM
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I take a dump or shit. I think it's been years since I've said "poo" or "poop" aloud.
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:45 PM
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I "go see a man about a horse" myself.

Otherwise I'm crass and just say shit.
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:51 PM
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'Doot' as a euphemism for turd is increasing in popularity in the Midwest, particularly in regard to animal excreta.

To my way of thinking, poo or poop inflects a textural connotation towards the soft, or less resilent forms, while 'doot' confers a more substantial and composed packet.

As such, depending on diet and medication, I sometimes will leave poo or doots.
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:56 PM
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I use 'poop' with my 3 year old.

Before parenthood, I hadn't used either of those words since childhood. Gotta go to the john, make a pit stop, take a crap, whatever.
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I don't say either of those, as I am not six years old. I actually rarely announce or discuss my bowel movements at all. (I find black and white photography to be far more effective than words.)
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:00 PM
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40 year old female Brit. I 'drop the kids off at the pool'.

Okay okay, I 'poo'. 'Poop' sound American to me.

When I was a child, my doctor once asked me if I had 'gone to the toilet with paper'. Wha??
Good point. 'Poo' from an American sounds like an affectation. 'Poop' from a Brit sounds like an affectation. The correct term depends on which side of the pond you're from.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:02 PM
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I'll crap, shit, or take a dump. Or drop a deuce. Although, ever since "Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle," I've been know to play "Battleshits."

54 years old, living in Tucson. .
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:03 PM
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The South Park episode highlighting Randy's massive output used the term 'crap' throughout the entire episode.

I found this odd, and unsettling, it made the whole story unSouth Parky to me. Seems like an edgier moniker might have given an otherwise acceptable show that little flash of exceptionalism we expect from South Park.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:06 PM
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I'll crap, shit, or take a dump. Or drop a deuce. Although, ever since "Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle," I've been know to play "Battleshits."

54 years old, living in Tucson. .


Indubitably. The South Park episode about the urinal deuce was excellent precisely because of the lexiconation of the offending chocolate banana.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:15 PM
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'Doot' as a euphemism for turd is increasing in popularity in the Midwest, particularly in regard to animal excreta.
I suspect "Doot" is a shortened form of "duty", which I've encountered elsewhere. Although it looks like it might come from "dooty", I suspect the origin is from the phrase "did his duty", a lengthy circumlocution used at least as far back as the 1950s to mean that a baby has pooped. Or pooed.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:22 PM
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I "blast a dookie"
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:23 PM
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I guess it depends on if you are the type to smear it on the walls or eat it.
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Takin' the Browns to the Super Bowl!
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:32 PM
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I like to bust out all the various euphemisms, depending on my mood, but at home will frequently go with "I have to poo some poo out of my bum." 'Cuz I'm all about being classy.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:44 PM
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If I'm out in public with my wife or friends or whatever, and nature calls (then begins to leave lengthy messages) so that I'll need to depart from the group, I'll usually announce this to whoever needs to know by saying "poop" in a high-pitched, cartoony noise. Anyone who may have overheard might think I was probably just making a noise and/or being weird. Such are my descreet ways.

When I'm at home, I just declare "I gotta shit!", as I push my kids out of the way.
You sound like my kinda guy, cmyk! This is cracking me up.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:46 PM
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Very rarely, when I'm feeling poetic, I'll actually announce after the deed that, "my butt said something brown."
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You sound like my kinda guy, cmyk! This is cracking me up.
And as someone who chose Dung Beetle as her handle here (as well as being apropos for this thread), I know that you're my kinda girl! You'd have a blast at our Detroit/Ann Arbor Dopefests.
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And as someone who chose Dung Beetle as her handle here (as well as being apropos for this thread), I know that you're my kinda girl! You'd have a blast at our Detroit/Ann Arbor Dopefests.
Sadly, I doubt I'll ever make it. But if I do I'll be sure to pull your finger.
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My Dad and I like to say... "Ive got to Rest"... derived from 'going to the restroom', which we thought was a funny term. What are you doing in the Restroom? Resting?

Another popular term used in my family, as of late, is to "Chagall" (the painter). We (my family) were in France at a Chagall museum last year, when my husband had to "rest". A hilarious conversation ensued afterward and so for the rest of the trip we'd say... "I gotta Chagall". This has followed us back home and we intend on putting a Chagall Painting in one of our bathrooms.

But to answer the original question... i'm with Poop. Poo is immauture!
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Old 02-18-2011, 02:12 PM
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'Poo' sounds like 'Pooh', and causes an unpleasant association with a beloved character of my childhood.

Should I be moved to discuss my butt eruptions in a cutesy way, I go with 'poop'.
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I can't imagine any situation in which I said Poo. Maybe Poop. But really, I doubt I would announce it at all, if I did, I would simply say I had to use the restroom.
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I just lay an egg.
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Shit. (or take a dump or a crap). Dogs and cats occasionally poo, but generally they also shit.
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Do you "poo" or "poop"?

I take a dump, honeybunch. Or in the immortal words of the Greaseman, it's time for a massive.

"Poo" is a term I associate with a constipated* 40-year-old woman.

*in more ways than one.
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Old 02-18-2011, 02:21 PM
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Sadly, I doubt I'll ever make it. But if I do I'll be sure to pull your finger.
You sure? No one's ever made it through all ten... Yes, I include the thumbs.

"Hey, pull my left ring-finger..."

"No! No more!!! After the left-index, I'm not sure my liver can take anymore."

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Should I be moved to discuss my butt eruptions in a cutesy way, I go with 'poop'.
I knew I stopped back here for a reason.
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The word is "poop." I know, because I wrote the books on it.
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I chose "poo is a noun, poop is a verb" but I also use poop as a noun. But poo is mostly a noun, "Dammit, I stepped in dog poo!".

I also sometimes refer to farts as poots, it's all in the poo family.
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Old 02-18-2011, 03:32 PM
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I agree with the wily one, but I prefer the all in one (verb, noun, adjective, expletive) shit.

The most important question (IMO) however, is who gave shit its unpopular name. After all, if it weren't for the word shit, we wouldn't need substitute words like "poo" or "poop".

Couldn't have been by the sound it makes, like "fart", for instance.

Maybe long ago someone warned someone else, "Hey! Be careful! You're about to step in some........shit, what do you call that stuff, anyway???"

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Old 02-18-2011, 03:58 PM
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I can't imagine any situation in which I said Poo. Maybe Poop. But really, I doubt I would announce it at all, if I did, I would simply say I had to use the restroom.
Yeah, I'm with you. I might tell people that I'm going to the bathroom or restroom. I never feel the need to explain exactly what I'll be doing in there.

But if I did, I think that takin' the Browns to the Super Bowl would be my announcement of choice.
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:06 PM
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I love the term "doot," and use it all the time to refer to my cats' output. "Okay, gotta go scoop the cat doots now."

Both the spouse and I picked it up from Dave Barry years ago. I think the first time I encountered it, he was talking about their movers, who "wrapped each individual cat doot." For some reason I found that devastatingly funny at the time.

The word "doot" still makes me giggle.

As for what I do, I "go to the loo." I don't really feel I need to get any more specific about it than that. Though at home I"ll announce "I gotta pee," so careful listeners can make their own deductions if I say I'm going to the loo instead.
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As for what I do, I "go to the loo." I don't really feel I need to get any more specific about it than that. Though at home I"ll announce "I gotta pee," so careful listeners can make their own deductions if I say I'm going to the loo instead.
By process of elimination?
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I love the term "doot," and use it all the time to refer to my cats' output. "Okay, gotta go scoop the cat doots now."

Both the spouse and I picked it up from Dave Barry years ago.
Yes! Only in the one I remember, he was talking about getting hit in the head by a flying caterpillar doot.
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The diminutive version is poo-poo. Poo is a stuffed bear who can't spell.
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I neither poo nor poop. I shit. But then, I'm pretty blunt.
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:22 PM
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I "have to use the bathroom." I leave it up to anyone listening to determine what, exactly, I'm doing in there (though I will sometimes tell people if I'm on Vent or Skype during WoW that "I have to pee", if only because it indicates that my trip to the facilities will be *short*, but is still urgent).

If pressed, however, I would probably say, "I have to shit." However, I'd be pretty cranked at that point. I mean, really, who needs to know what I'm doing in there, huh?

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Neither. Hate them both, especially the fake-modest, puritanical "poo". In polite company, "the train's about to leave the station".
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I love the term "doot," and use it all the time to refer to my cats' output. "Okay, gotta go scoop the cat doots now."
Around here, we call those "Kitty Roccas"
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I believe, as others have said, that "poo" is more of an English term, whereasw "poop" is an Americanism.
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Old 02-18-2011, 07:51 PM
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Around here, we call those "Kitty Roccas"
Heehee I've often commented on the resemblance between litter-encrusted cat doots and Almond Roca--especially since we use Swheatscoop wheat litter. Fortunately neither of us like them so the comparison hasn't put us off our favorite snack or anything
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poo or poop

very funny, my son who is 28 months and recently start speaking clearly and understand more than I could imagine, has been correcting me by "SAYING: DAD, NOT POOP, POO" so seems that no one is wrong according to all these opinions...but as I am always wrong then I take my son suggestion.
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As far as I'm concerned:
"Poop" is the standard English term.
"Poo" and "doot" are baby talk.
"Feces" and "bowel movement" are clinical terms.
"Crap" and "shit" are crude terms.

Any of them can be appropriate, depending on circumstances.
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I prefer the terms "shit" and "manure." Shitting is just so much more decisive than pooping, and manure captures the valuable quality of these products, after proper composting, than any other term.
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Do da widdle Dopers also tinkle when they poo?

One would hope these terms are abandoned after the age of 5. But apparently not.
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