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Breasts - whether big, small, perky, or not-so-perky - have, throughout history, been intrinsically linked to womanhood. And around the world, they've taken on different names.
But it’s not just adults who have different names for breasts. Our little ones come up with their own names as well when it comes to their favourite source of nourishment and comfort.
This gallery takes a look at the various names breasts are called in different parts of the world – from formal-sounding to cute to downright hilarious. So, here’s to breasts/ boobies/ neh neh, or whatever you want to call them – in any shape or size!
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The English language has done a good job of churning out a number of creative names for breasts. Here are some of the most popular:
For 99 more ways to call breasts in the English language, read this very amusing poem !
In our neck of the woods, the most popular name for boobies has to be the Hokkien neh neh, or variations such as nen nen or nan nan.
It simply means “breasts” in baby talk, and is a very cute name that emerged from the primary (and most important!) role of breasts: providers of nourishment!
In neighbouring Malaysia, meanwhile, boobies are commonly referred to as tetek.
Our Indonesian mummy sources tell us that the word susu, which literally means “milk”, is the most common term for boobies.
Some also call them nen nen, which also translates as “milk”.
Editor-in-Chief of theAsianparent Carla Perlas remarks that in The Philippines, the most commonly used names for breasts are dodo, dede, and susu.
All these words refer to breastmilk, similar to their Indonesian counterparts.
India, being incredibly diverse and multicultural, of course has many names for boobies.
Mum reader of theAsianparent Mala tells us that breasts are often called mai and cuchi in Bengali. According to her, the Punjabis call them mammeh.
Another Indian mum reader, Dhanya, remarks that boobies are known as pachutti in Malayalam, which is a rough reference to milk.
In this little tropical island, young kids often fondly name boobies kukku, which is a children's moniker for “milk”.
We saved the best for last! Mummies from the Breastfeeding Mums Group on Facebook tell us other nicknames their little ones have given boobies.
Here are some of the cutest and funniest:
They certainly take the prize for the cutest names for boobies!
Cooking, feeding, transporting, negotiating, writing – it’s all in a day’s work, liberally scattered with plenty of cuddles and kisses from all of my boys!
We hope you enjoyed browsing through this fun gallery. What are your little ones’ names for boobies? Have we missed out on any names? Let us know by leaving a comment below.