Kids have their own meanings for certain words and terms. They would often tell you the definition of a word based on their practical experience. Sometimes, they also see certain characters on TV and create the meaning of some words or terms in their minds.
Recently, a few kids were asked the meaning of “gentleman.” Although none of them could tell the exact meaning, most could point out what a gentleman would do, especially to a woman.
The first couple of girls couldn’t understand the word at all. Then, however, the third kid came up with the idea that a gentleman could write books. Another boy replied that a gentleman is very kind to many girls. Whenever a girl gets hurt by accident, he runs to help.
A funny girl had her own meaning for the word. She said a gentleman always asks, “May you like to go first?” Then, she added, “He says do you want to go on a dance with me?” Another cute girl replied that a gentleman put his coat in the mud so they could walk on it.
Although most kids came up with their own meanings, a boy had no idea what the word meant. Although the interviewer tried to make him understand what a gentleman meant, he shook his head. When a little girl was asked whether her dad was a gentleman, she replied no, he was a doctor.
Kids had strange views about a gentleman. One girl replied that a gentleman opens the doors for girls, and another said a gentleman brings flowers. Another girl said that a gentleman would kiss women on their lips.
Although all the kids had different views about a gentleman, they all nodded in acceptance when asked whether they wanted to be a gentleman. However, one brilliant girl replied that she wanted to be a woman.