The Many Uses of the Word "Potty"

The word “potty” is a very versatile word. Here are some of the uses that occur around our house:

1. Potty (pah-tee) – n.
Sentence: Martin, come sit on the potty!

2. Potty – v. usually found with the word “go.”
Sentence: Martin, did you go potty? Or, Martin, did you have a big potty?

3. Potty (pah-dee) – adj. not used very often around here.
Sentence: Those kids sure had potty-mouths.

Maybe its not as versatile as I thought. Can anyone else think of a use?


About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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7 Responses to The Many Uses of the Word "Potty"

  1. Rebellious Pastor's Wife says:

    Only if you are from Boston….

    Theh was a big potty after the Red Sox won the Wold Series…..Too bad Nomah wasn’t theh.

    Just a thought

  2. katie says:

    Picture me and my sisters, 5, 4, and 3 years old.
    The worst thing we could call each other was potty-head.
    Blame the 4 year old.

  3. Pastor Beisel says:

    Reb. Pastor’s Wife: I’m not from Boston, but I did think of that one.

  4. Rev. James Leistico says:

    right there with you… only the name is changed from Martin to Jonathan.

    A second sentence for the noun usage was heard in this household last night: “Jonathan, do not put the Lego in the potty.”

    btw, in your second sentence for Number 2 (no pun intended), “potty” is not a verb. That sentence’s verb is “have”. “Potty” is a noun there, though different from the use in sentence Number 1 (again, pun not intended), with the definition of the waste that is put into the potty; ie, Number 1 and Number 2 (now the pun is intended.)

    Also, potty can mean the room the potty is in, as in, “Jonathan, let Emma have some privacy when she is in the potty.”

    There are also modifiers to potty to consider – (from yesterday – to Emma): “We got out the little potty for Jonathan to use; but you still use the big kid potty because you are a big kid.”

    oh, and don’t forget all the potty books that Emma loves to choose for bedtime story, and Jonathan, who might learn something, pays no attention to.

    (and they let you and me be pastors… what was FW thinking?)

  5. Leistico says:

    My wife came up with another sentence for the noun: “Jonathan, take the potty off your head!”

  6. Kelly Klages says:

    If you’re British, to go potty is to go somewhat crazy. I first heard the phrase while watching A Hard Day’s Night.

  7. Rebellious Pastor's Wife says:

    Yeah…but I’m the one who actually shared it…


    (is that to my credit or against my credit???)

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