A KID, in contemporary English, is mostly used to informally refer to a child, either a boy or girl



A KID, in contemporary English, is mostly used to informally refer to a child, either a boy or girl; what teenagers claim they are not. Commonly referred to those under 21 though. It also means younger than oneself: my kid brother.

 Mom: "You're just a kid. You don't need a credit card!" Kid: "I'm not a kid I'm 13!"
"Those kids hanging around in the neighborhood are so annoying."

Being a kid is the greatest thing ever. Ding dong ditch, sleepovers, garden hopping, laughing all day, not having to work, being clueless about many things, getting away with anything because of your age, not giving a damn about how you look, etc.

"Before gramps died, he told me to stay a kid forever. 'It's worth it', he said."

Among its various slang meanings, it can also be used to:

1. mean a friend, acquaintance, dude, etc. Age is not an issue when using the term.

"Yo kid, what's going on?"

 2. address someone of lesser age or social status.

"Get outta here, kid!"

3. mean anyone, of any age.

"Are you kids ready to go?"

The original meaning of the word, which still exists, is a young goat. So, if a farmer offers to introduce you to her kid, you might not know if she means her child or her baby goat. 

A: "Look at that cute kid." B: "Omg, it's so adorable!"

Some sticklers for formality object to using kid to mean "child," but that meaning has been around since the 1590s, established in informal usage by 1840s. It was extended to a "child" from a "young goat" in the late 16th century slang and became established in the mid 19th century. 

A: "How old is your kid?" B: "I don't have any goats, but my daughter is 10."

When kid is used as a verb, it means to tease or jokingly deceive someone — to kid them.This meaning probably comes from the sense of "treat like a child, make a kid of."

"You've got to stop kidding yourself. She's not coming back."

NO KIDDING is a colloquial interjection, meaning "that's the truth" that has been around since 1914.

A: "Wow, that exam was brutally difficult." B: "Yeah, no kidding!"

It can also mean "are you being serious?".

 A: "My aunt has a cabin we could use for the weekend." B: "No kidding? That would be awesome!"


I love to write, but I’m not so crazy about grammar.

Learning about words that dangle, split, and get misplaced isn’t my idea of fun.

However, as an English major in college, I had it drilled into my head that poor grammar revealed laziness and a lack of respect for the reader. It’s the literary form of bad manners and exposes the writer as someone who isn’t serious about the craft.

If you’re an author, particularly a self-published author, you need to do everything possible to win your readers’ hearts and minds. When they are distracted by grammatical errors or confused by the meaning of a sentence, they aren’t likely to buy your next book — or finish the one they are reading.


As tedious as grammar may be to those of us who just want to write, it is well-worth a few minutes of your time to refresh the basics and make sure you don’t fall into one of the problematic grammar traps.

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