With a job that is basically about persuading schools to teach sex ed, it probably does not surprise you to hear I have to have to wade through no end of innuendo, double entendres and funny euphemisms when training people. It's OK, I've become quite good at graciously pretending that I am hearing something for the first time. However, occasionally I am lucky enough to collect a gem of a true story.
Like this one told to me by a male teacher (a story, he said, the parent in it, had told him)......
An eight year old girl approached her mum and asked, 'Mum what does 'ejaculate' mean?' This was a mother who had sworn to herself that she would always answer her children's questions - whatever they were - openly and honestly. So she took a deep breath and, with the help of pen and paper, proceeded to explain what this term meant in great detail. The eight year old listened attentively.
At the end of the description, the mother put down her pencil and enquired,
'Does that answer your question?' to which the daughter replied with a slightly quizzical expression,
'Yes, but I'm not sure Anne of Green Gables would have done that.'
Having not read Anne of Green Gables, I can only imagine 'ejaculate' was used to refer to something being said - something blurted out.
The moral of the story is quite clear: always ask the child what they think the answer might be first.