I was helping my child with her homework and noticed that she has to learn words starting with with sm..., st....

I found word "smuh" which i had never seen before as English is not my native language & looked into my English dictionary on my phone and could not find it & while searching for it on internet i found

example http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=smuh

shake my unicorn head. same meaning as "smh" but the added word "unicorn" puts the speaker higher above the other. Therefore, making themselves more dominant. Basically a classy way to judge someone using an abbreviation that they won't understand. Dumb friend: "I just bought Justin Bieber's new cd!" Cooler 'unicorn' friend: "... smuh."

I am bit lost with it. Is it a slang kind of words should it be taught to children at such an early age?

My basic question is do teachers actually teach children such words in "grade 1"? Or do children learn them from "random" places such as the Internet? Or even "mislearn" them when the teacher is teaching another word, such as "smush?"


Smug was also listed in the list, I am not ruling it out as a mistake on child part as she copied it from white board. But on the other side teacher had marker it as correct (✓). so i also doubt my child had made a mistake unless teacher was not absent minded.

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    No word I've ever heard. I suspect it was a typo. – Hot Licks Nov 23 '14 at 4:38
  • It's an acronym I've never seen. But I don't know any Beliebers. – TRomano Nov 23 '14 at 12:58
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    Spelling mistakes in the spelling lists given to schoolchildren are worryingly commonplace. – Carl Smith Nov 23 '14 at 14:58
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    Outside of interjections, English words don’t normally end with -uh, so this doesn’t look Englishy. – tchrist Nov 26 '14 at 5:43
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    @Mari-LouA, I can do that tomorrow or later today. – Learning Nov 26 '14 at 7:26

Interesting! As a native English speaker who spends far too much time on the internet, I never even encountered "smuh" before now, so I highly doubt it's mainstream (and thus, not taught in schools).

"Smug" seems more likely to me.

  • Smug was also one of the words.. – Learning Nov 23 '14 at 4:59

I doubt that your daughter is actually expected to learn the word smuh; it's just a piece of Internet slang humor, not (yet!) a regular part of English.

I think it's more likely that the teacher made a mistake; for example, perhaps (s)he meant to write smush?

  • Agree with you, my major concern is it it was not a mistake on students part then is it right, from feedback & discussion with my English native speaking friends it is should not be their... – Learning Nov 23 '14 at 4:58
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    The word smuh ~ if it even is a word ~ should not be on a child's spelling list ever. – Carl Smith Nov 23 '14 at 15:01
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    @CarlSmith: I dunno about "ever". Studies show that phonics-based instruction, where kids are taught how to pay close attention to how the sounds match the letters, is vastly superior to whole-word instruction, which hopes that kids will somehow pick it up on their own. So, while no one should want kids to learn the word smuh for its own sake, it might fit in a word list for sm-, -uh, and so on. (If it were a word.) – ruakh Nov 23 '14 at 18:56
  • @ruakh - +1 - That was pretty pedantic, but pretty interesting, so fair play. – Carl Smith Nov 24 '14 at 0:06

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