I've read some threads here and some have confused me about what people actually mean when they use the term 'bedwetting'. I'm not a native English speaker, but I have always thought that 'bedwetting' referred to 'nocturnal enuresis': not being able to stay dry at (most) nights.
There are quite some topics in this forum in which someone asks whether it would be a good idea to "start bedwetting" so that the parents would start providing them with diapers. As far as I've read them, the answer is a VERY definite NO. I very much agree with that, but it has also made me think about the use of the term 'bedwetting'.
Technically it seems very simple: 'bedwetting' is something that causes the bed to enter a state of being not dry.
So there's my first problem: by that definition I am not a bedwetter, even though I have primary nocturnal enuresis. I have maybe wet my bed five times in my life. I have, of course, wet a whole lot of nappies / diapers in all the nights of my life so far. But strange enough, that doesn't make me a nappiewetter
Seriously though: is 'bedwetting' referring to the physical act of wetting your bed, or does it refer to someone's inability to stay dry overnight?
Or are both true? If so, how do you tell them apart?
I have considered using 'sleep-wetting' for being unable to stay dry - regardless of whether the bed is being sprinkled, or a diaper. That feels more like it is: wetting during one's sleep, without referring to where it ends up (if at all).
Could someone tell me how these words are used here on ADISC ?