Boy: We had a soccer tournament in Stockton this weekend.
Me: Oh yeah? How'd you guys do?
Boy (In a quiet and hesitant voice): We kicked...butt.I could barely hear him so I asked him to repeat what he said, but at that moment, his tangled facial expression showed me that he thought he had said something inappropriate. He scrambled to remedy his comment.
Me: Wait, what did you say?
Boy: We smacked ass?
Boy: We smacked ass!
Me: Dude, you can't say that.
Boy: Sorry.The class giggled inquisitively, wondering why their classmate had chosen such bizarre verbage. I don't know where in his young mind he believed that "smacked ass" was a more acceptable response than "kicked butt", but at least he was generating synonyms...we've been working on that all year.