Originally Posted by DiggertheDog
The term 'child' is a cultural contruction.
A particular way in which 'we' (royal) have used to account for the developmental aspects of human life.
there's a pretty obvious biological basis upon which all the cultural connotations of 'child' rest though
in any case it sounds like you are saying that somehow the fact that the term is a 'cultural construction' invalidates it somehow, but I don't really understand why that would be the case, or what you mean really, especially given the way the term was being used -- i.e as a somewhat colloquial description of the behavior of a certain group of people as described in a certain text.