Things Kids Say Thursday: Whup Yo’ Coccyx

Last night at supper, Little Man informed us that his “vortex” was hurting.

“Mommy, the vortex on my left foot is still hurting.”

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“Your what?” I asked, thinking I had misheard him.

“My vortex. The vortex toe on my left foot is hurting from when I stubbed it on the couch.”

“Your ‘vortex toe’?” I asked.

“Well, if the finger is called a vortex, then wouldn’t the toe be called that, too?” LM asked.

Thinking he was being technical or whatever, I asked him if he had meant to say “phalanges.”

“No…” He then pointed to his index finger and said, “If this is a vortex finger, then wouldn’t this,” he pointed to his second toe, “be a vortex toe?”

I finally got it and laughed. “You mean index finger.”

“Oh, yeah. What was that word you said, a phalange?”

I explained how our bones have names. “Your thigh bone is called a ‘femur.’ And the bone at your butt is called a ‘coccyx.’ I stopped there, since that was about the extent of my technical bone terminology knowledge.

Little Man giggled. “Your coccyx? So if someone tries to fight me at school, I can yell at them, ‘Hey, I’m gonna whup yo’ coccyx’?”

“I don’t know about that,” I said, laughing, although it would probably be good at confusing someone long enough to create a distraction and haul ass.


15 thoughts on “Things Kids Say Thursday: Whup Yo’ Coccyx

  1. I’m going to show my age here, but the first time I ever heard the word “coccyx” was on the Johnny Carson show. He was off a couple of days and when he came back he said say he broke his coccyx. Every time he’d say the word the audience would break out into nervous laughter, like he was telling a dirty joke. Of course, he played it up.

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  2. I was thinking a vortex finger was a finger you wiggled around in a circle really fast. I like the coccyx thing. You can tell LM from me that a hiccup is a spasmodic contraction of the diaphragm. Wish I was there for the ensuing conversation.

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  3. HAHA Whoop your coccyx! I may have to start using that one. “Get your coccyx over here, right now”. “You bet your sweet coccyx I’m serious.” “Pull your pants up. I see your coccyx.”


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