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12:56 Dec 21, 2010
English to English translations [PRO] Education / Pedagogy / Preschool education on childbirth
English term or phrase:umbilical cord
Anyone know of any easy-to-use English term for an umbilical chord for use in educational material for children. The text I have has a child adding a squiggle on the abdomen of Boticelli's Venus. When her mother asks her what the squiggle, the little one tells her it's the umbilical chord (although she doesn't say that at all; the original German was "Nabelschnur", which a three-year-old could handle very well; "umbilical chord" would be quite a mouthful for her english-speaking equivalent).
It would depend on the rest of the text. Perhaps the child has heard her mother (or someone else) use the term. Perhaps someone has previously explained to her why everyone has a belly button and used the term... Perhaps she heard it on TV. Obviously she has heard about the concept someplace. No one says she pronounces it correctly; perhaps she even says something like "um-belly cord"... or "mum-belly cord"...?
just that. I can't remember growing up hearing anything but "belly button" for the hole and "umbilical cord" for what it really is. Moreover, can't seem to find a reference for anything but that either...
Something using tummy-button, I think; though when I was this age, we were protected from such unsavoury topics, and I would never have even known what one was until I was older, and could master 'umbilical cord' anyway!
I wanted to say 'tummy-button tube', but I doubt a child would appreciate that it is in fact a tube at all.
Poor Jack, fancy your never having heard 'tummy button'! — I wonder if it's a generation thing, or regional, or maybe class...? I know that my parents always considered the child's word 'tummy' to be acceptable, but 'belly' was considerd coarse / vulgar and reserved for meat...