ca-ca

[ kah-kah ]
/ ˈkɑˌkɑ /

noun Baby Talk.

excrement; feces.

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What does caca mean?

Caca is a baby talk or slang way of saying poop.

Since talking about feces (poop) is often seen as taboo (prohibited as improper), there are a lot of euphemisms (mild substitutes) for it. Caca is often used by young children, especially because it is easy to say. But adults also use the word as a slang term or to be humorous.

Example: The little girl told her mom that she had caca in her diaper.

Where does caca come from?

The truth is that we don’t know where caca comes from. It is first recorded in English in the late 1800s, but its specific language of origin is uncertain. Caca and very similar words mean poop in several languages, and there is speculation that the term originates from a Spanish-speaking country, but this has not been confirmed.

Caca is usually used by young children, who can say it more easily than poop because it is the same syllable repeated twice, just like ma-ma and da-da. This is an example of reduplication, which is common in baby talk. The same thing can be seen in other baby talk words for poop, such as poo-poo and doo-doo.

But caca isn’t just for kids. Adults use it when speaking with young children about going to the bathroom. But they also use it as a slang term for poop (usually to be funny) or to refer to something they consider bad or poor quality.

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What are some synonyms for caca?

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How is caca used in real life?

When young children use caca, it is almost always to refer to poop. When adults use it, they are often being playful or using it as a slang word or a replacement for harsher profanity.

 

Try using caca!

In which of the following situations would caca be appropriate to use?

A. A young child saying that she has to go to the bathroom
B. A scientific article about the functions of the human colon
C. A health article discussing how to achieve regular bowel movements