The Curious Origin of the Words ‘Child’ and ‘Children’


By Dr Oliver Tearle

The words ‘child’ and ‘children’ have had an interesting history. Although we can all easily define ‘child’ now – a young person who had not yet attained adulthood – this definition in itself raises some intriguing questions. Legally, a ‘child’ may be someone under sixteen years of age, or someone under eighteen years of age, depending on the country or context; or some other marker or boundary between ‘childhood’ and ‘adulthood’ may be given. Continue reading “The Curious Origin of the Words ‘Child’ and ‘Children’”