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    Default Tummy or Belly?

    Hi Girls

    What is the correct word for your stomach in Australia? I`m assuming it`s belly as DH has always thought I was odd calling my stomach - tummy but I`m a kiwi even though I came out to Aus with my family at 6 in 1980, I still have lots of kiwi ways and sayings, including pronunciation with vowels.

    What got me thinking is I`ve taught Matthew where his TUMMY is, then I thought oh have I done the wrong thing perhaps I should be trying to change my ways and tell him it`s his belly, but that sounds foreign to me LOL



    Is Matthew going to end up very confused?

    Your thoughts would be appreciated

    Take Care

    Dee

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    My mum always said to us - only snakes have bellies So for me it is most definately tummy, except for a baby belly when you're pregnant

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    Thanks for that Sarah - so it`s not my funny Kiwi ways as Mark would say LOL

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    It is tummy in our house.....Olivia often tells me she has a "happy tummy" when she has eaten a lot of dinner, LOL!

    Although DH calls his "stomach", and when I am pregnant I call it my belly.....

    I think they are all pretty interchangable?

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    I say belly, but I don't think it matters too much, he will understand eventually that sometimes there a a few words that mean the same thing.

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    we say both in this house, and both the kids understand is a being both a tummy and a belly.

    Love

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    We use to say belly until Mackenzie came along and then tummy just came out when I started teaching her her body. I guess it just sounded cute when she says it! We still use both and she understands both.

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    I think I probably say tummy more than belly. It was my belly when I was pregnant.. I think I associate belly with something big? hehe. like beer belly?

    Tallon has tummy time. And I've always said 'tummy ache'. Yeah I think I use tummy more.

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    We say tummy here...belly button is another thing. I can remember one time when Emmy was 18 months old and she was on one of the kiddies rides at a show and we were telling her to press the button on the little car so she proudly lifted up her shirt and pressed her belly button...lol....sorry..bit offtrack!!

    Jo

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    We say "tummy" here. IF the kids are sick they always say they have a "tummy" ache. But then we call it a belly button, not a tummy button LOL. We also refer to "beer bellies" not "beer tummies".

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    Oh yes, definately belly buttons & beer bellies

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    I say stomach, and I pronounce it as such. Mark thinks I'm trying to be posh or talk like a Pom, but I'm not. I just like words pronounced properly. I hate the way people say stumick. Umm with the kids though we say either tummy, belly or stomach. Much as much in this house.

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