Last week, I caught them in the middle of a "Your mama" war of wit. I immediately cut that line of discussion... but then I kept overhearing one or the other make completely rude comments such as "You are stupid," or "You are bad at checkers." These are things I can "handle" (if by "handle" I mean chuckling under my breath right before I address them in my super-teacher voice.
Then there was today. I overhead another "stupid" comment - which, in my professional world, is referred to as "The S-word."
When I took one of them in the hall, he was quick to note the names that were being spit back and forth between the two.
"Jenny 20" (a nod to a fat joke that involves the end of the Jenny Craig phone number)
"White primate" (fourth grade racism. sigh)
"Fat" (how unoriginal, right? yawn.)
And my personal favorite: "Bisexual dinosaur."
My response to the last one: "Dinosaur? Now that's absurd. You're 9."