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Where Do You Stand? Using the Phrase "Knocked Up"

Where Do You Stand? Using the Phrase "Knocked Up"

The other day, a married friend called me up and said, "I have good news! I'm knocked up." At first I didn't understand what she was talking about, but then she went into detail about her ultrasound, and I knew she was trying to tell me she was pregnant. The term "knocked up" doesn't really conjure up happy and blissful thoughts to me though. I don't think I'd ever say that I was "knocked up," or refer to someone as "knocked up" since it seems like such a harsh way to announce something so wonderful.

What if it was an unplanned pregnancy, would the term be okay then? In my book, no, it wouldn't, because I just really hate the phrase but what do you think? Do you think the words "knocked up" and "pregnant" are interchangeable, or do you think "knocked up" has negative connotations?


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yes-jess yes-jess 9 years
I think "knocked-up" is such an old-fashioned expression, it can only be said ironically, like "neat-o", "spiffy" or "'alo guvnah!"...I think her friend was using it an ironic way, because in the past, to say one is knocked-up was such a negative thing but clearly, in this day and age, there's no need to be ashamed and that's she's actually happy about it. Meh, it's all about context.
foxie foxie 9 years
It's HER pregnancy, let her say what she wants about it.
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 9 years
Knocked up is a really strange phrase. I wouldn't use it because I like saying "pregnant" or "pregnancy".
hollowstar hollowstar 9 years
I think it's probably rude if you're saying it about anyone besides yourself. If you are referring to your own pregnancy it really just depends on the attitude behind it. I think it IS alright to say it in a rude way though as unplanned pregnancies, in my opinion, are very irresponsible. I am on the shot and I have been on the pill. It isn't rocket science to not get 'knocked up'. My high school had a nursery for students to drop off their kids while they went to class. Girls who can't even legally buy cigarettes and are years from being able to get into club.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Same here - I'm not fan of that phrase either. Personally, I don't like "preggo" or "preggers" either. I find those phrases derogatory. Incidently, I knew a woman who would use those phrases to describe other pregnant women. She was resentful of them because she was trying hard to become pregnant herself, and just hated it whenever she heard of someone else becoming pregnant.
lolabella lolabella 9 years
i got "knocked up" and was a single mother for a few years. because of that, i have always LOVED ... strangely, i know ... the term "knocked up." it was a way for me to find humour in the fact that i unexpectedly got pregnant and left "in a family way." ha ha. a bit perverse, but my friends and family have always had a good run of fun with the term. conversely, i absolutely HATED the movie "knocked up." in some ways, it hit too close to home. but i loved the title. :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
It surely has a negative vibe to it...
sweetk8ty76 sweetk8ty76 9 years
Not a fan of the phrase.
Asia84 Asia84 9 years
with friends, it's funny (most of my friends are married). but Knocked up = got pregnant by someone who is not your husband (ie. your boyfriend, some random guy, etc.). i would never call that to someone, because it's bad enough that person IS knocked up, no need in imposing my opinion on that person.
remedios remedios 9 years
It would depend on context, but I don't recall ever saying that. It brings up images of cans of beer on the floor, a cigarette in the ashtray, and living in a trailer. I think if used to be silly and intending to conjure an image like that for comedic affect, then it'd be ok. But I wouldn't just say it otherwise.
lovemango lovemango 9 years
"knocked up" can be used when being playful or joking around. People need to LIGHTEN up
annebreal annebreal 9 years
Well reading through all these comments made me think about saying it! I think knocked up, preggers, and prego are all fine...I think it's funny when someone calls themselves knocked up, although I can't think of a time I used that with someone, I hope I haven't because I guess it's more offensive than I originally thought! Then again I'm at the age/phase or am just plain vulgar enough that me and my friends call each other sluts and whores a lot. I think there's a difference between what you're comfortable with, and what you'd say to someone outside that comfort zone. Sometimes words hurt, and those possible negative connotations really do matter, and sometimes they're just funny.
mrsbolli mrsbolli 9 years
i don't see a problem with the phrase, unless you're using it to be mean. there's no need for that, the world is nasty enough ;)
Jennifer777 Jennifer777 9 years
"Knocked up" is unwed... If the person is married then I would say pregnant. My sis is preggers *gasp* (I don't see it as a bad word) and she is unwed so I joke that she got knocked doesn't bother her.
alex1984 alex1984 9 years
I wouldn't exactly congratulte a friend at a baby shower by saying :congrats for being knocked up". I think it's more something you say between girlfriens. Or if you want to talk about people you don't like. but I love prego, think it's funny. I think everyone is getting all bent out of shape about words.
mlen mlen 9 years
haha my friend just yelled at me the other day lol i said knocked up and she's like its not knocked up if they are married! so now i must say pregnant if it was married and i can use knocked up if they aren't lol
bettyboutique bettyboutique 9 years
Knocked up = accident thats how i see it
rickimc rickimc 9 years
I agree that it is derogatory. It definitely implies lack of caution resulting in an unplanned pregnancy, usually between people with a casual relationship or too young to be married.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
"Knocked up" is exceptionally derogatory - it implies a lack of caution and responsibility, a lower-classness... and it's just a generally horrible term to use. Even if you're talking about an unplanned pregnancy (which it implies), it's not the best turn of phrase. That said, over here in the UK, the first time I stayed in a hotel, the reception desk asked "What time would you like to be knocked up in the morning?" After my initial shock-horror, I realised that they meant "What time would you like your wake-up call?"
wambalus wambalus 9 years
Ha in Britain there's a worse phrase - "up the duff". Far too graphic for my taste! But I don't especially like knocked up or preggers either.
retrodiva retrodiva 9 years
I think I'd only use it if I was talking to a close friend or my husband in reference to myself. I don't think I would use it in regards to anyone else unless I was joking and they had an excellent sense of humor. Otherwise, it's too easy to offend people. I always say "having a baby". Pretty straightforward and non-offensive.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I don't think I've ever used it, but I don't generally use slang; it's just not me. I don't think it's negative, just a different way to announce a pregnancy. Words are just words.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
It just depends on who I'm talking too. I would never say it to strangers or to make the announcement, if I ever do get pregnant. However, I do have several friends & family members who can find humor in it & so can I!
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
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