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child (s), children (pl)
1. A person between birth and puberty or "full growth"; a boy or girl.
2. A son or daughter; an offspring.
3. A baby or infant.
4. Someone whose behavior is childish or immature.
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infantine: child
Of, relating to, or characteristic of a child, infantile.
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Quotes: Child, Children
A stomach surrounded by curiosity: children quotes.
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(Greek: child, boy; infant)
(Latin: offspring, child)
(Latin: boy, child)
(a stomach surrounded by curiosity; little creatures that are happier than their parents because they don’t have children of their own)
(Latin: flat cake; cakelike mass, especially the uterine organ that connects the mother to the child by way of the umbilical cord)
(Latin: a literary thief; "plunderer, oppressor, kidnapper" [one who "abducts the child or slave of another"]; then by extension, to take and use the thoughts, writings, etc. of someone else and represent or claim them as one's own)
(Latin: a sign, an omen, portent; a wonder, a person; especially, a child who is endowed with extraordinary qualities)
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Ancestors or Greek origins for the English words referring to child or boy

Any time a student refers to a teacher as a pedagogue he or she is not suggesting that the teacher has feet which are a foot-and-a-half (sesquipedalian) long.

The Greek ped used in English is a shortened form of the Greek pais (paid-), which means a "child", usually a "boy" because, in old Grecian times, boys were considered "more important" than girls.

Actually, pedagogue means "a child's guide" or "guiding a child". In ancient Athens, the pedagogue was a slave who led his master's children (boys) to school or provided private tutoring. In the U.S., the equivalent of "guiding a child" is now "home schooling". In time, the word became known as a "teacher".

This Greek ped is used primarily in technical terms; such as pedagogics, which refers to the "science of teaching". There is more information about pedoagogue, pedagog on this page.

Another derivative from the Greek ped is a word meaning "education" or the results of "education"; such as, "knowledge" or "learning". The Greek element pedia is found in other Greek words; such as, cyclopedia and encyclopedia, "circles of knowledge".

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biological child
Any child conceived rather than adopted by a specified parent, and therefore, carrying genes from the parent.
Child labor in Guatemala

Children are forced to work very early in their lives

  • Guatemalan children shine shoes and make bricks, many starting as early as five or six years of age.
  • They cut cane and mop floors; and at some factories exporting to the United States, they sew and sort and chop, often in conditions so onerous that they violate even Guatemala's very loose labor laws.
  • Guatemala's young workers, most of them poor indigenous people, say they often feel that nobody cares about them, not their parents who send them off to the work force, not their stern bosses who treat them like adults, and not even the dysfunctional government in Guatemala City.
  • Guatemalan work-places resemble grade schools, with adult supervisors standing over little laborers like the strictest of teachers.
  • According to an independent study of the issue, an estimated one million Guatemalan children under the age of 18 are working.

One child worker's testimony

The child workers are people like Maria, 16, who lamented her four years in the labor force, but at the same time insisted that she not be fully identified so as not to endanger a job that is helping to support her parents and four brothers and sisters.

  • "My father hits me and tells me I can't study," she said, tears running down her cheeks. "He stays home and drinks and I have to go to the factory."
  • On Sundays, her only day off, she goes to special classes for young laborers offered by the Center for Study and Support for Local Development.
  • Despite having worked at a factory since she was twelve and at home for years before that, Maria has now completed the equivalent of third grade.
  • "I can be so tired, so exhausted, but I feel so good when I come home and read," she said, her tears stopping and her face lighting up.
  • "It can be any book. I just like to see the words."
—Excerpts from "Plight of child workers puts Guatemala in bind"
by Marc Lacey; IHT; March 12, 2007; pages 1 & 5.
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