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When did human beings start calling their children “kids,” literally “goats’ children,” and why?
Answer
We can’t say just when the word was first applied to children, but it does appear in English manuscripts from the 15th century and probably was used centuries before. It was a slang word—and low” slang to boot—that gradually crept into common usage.”