Buttock: (n) the back of a hip that forms one of the fleshy parts on which a person sits
If you have ever written a paragraph, you have run the risk of being arrested by these cop-outs. They stand by ready to criticize every single syllable that comes before them as being either inappropriate, misplaced or evil.
So how shall I describe the back side of a human?
I can call it a rear end.
Perhaps a caboose.
They might even allow me to call it a butt–if the material is not viewed by too many children.
There are some folks who would even allow me to use the word “ass.” (The Bible had no trouble using the word “ass.” It’s a little difficult to believe that the translators in the court of King James were more progressive with their street lingo than a librarian in Peoria, Illinois.)
Sometimes words just fit. Sometimes they’re needed to give power and passion to an idea.
For instance, if you have a teenage son who’s sitting around during summer vacation doing nothing, would you really ask him to get off his “buttock” and get a job? Rear end? Caboose?
A wise man once said that “by your words you are justified and by your words you are condemned.”
I agree with that. So pick the word that communicates the thought, while making sure that the thought is exactly what you’re trying to communicate.