For example, in English it is usually scatological diminutives, e.g. poopy. In French, "caca bouda", in both cases adults just don't use this set of cuss words, they use real cuss words that children wouldn't be allowed to use.

What is the situation in Russian? Google and rambler are telling me that toddlers using adult cuss words in Russian is a concern but I'm not finding what cuss words Russian toddlers can get away with.

I've heard блин горелый a lot, but I don't know if it's a toddler word or an adult stand in for a cussword.

Feel free to answer in English or Russian, I read it okay, but my writing is pretty ужасно.

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That's mainly defined by milieu, e.g. toddles from poor/socially deprived families can curse in quite an adult Russian.

Блин горелый is a euphemism unrelated to any specific age. A fact proving a point that children often imitate adult behaviour.

Normally, like most child languages, Russian 'toddle cursing' has a tendency for shorter words; therefore, the word кака is used more often, e.g.

Кака! Это кака! Брось каку! (mother to a child)

Unlike in Romance languages, this word does not necessary mean 'faeces'. It may mean any bad/rotten/unpleasant thing (another point proving ISFP being a generalised MBTI sociotype for Russian culture, annd another example of similarities between Russian and French cultures).

The difference is that Russian culture encourages stricter views on children's negative self-expression, and actions like verbal/actional aggression are often tabooed, even when committed in self-defence/assertiveness.

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