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Nidifugous

Postby BarbaraK » Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:55 am

I am reading a book ("The Tender Bar") in which the main character loves big words...when he mentioned "Nidifugous"..I thought "Really? that is a word?" LOL
But when I saw the definition, it made sense:a bird who leaves the nest early
I knew "nido" is "nest" in Spanish..and the second half related to "fugit" "flee" and in "tempus fugit" or "fugitive"
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Re: Nidifugous

Postby Perry Lassiter » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:16 pm

Love yr erudite posts, BarbaraK! Keep it up! Totally newword to me. In both languages!
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Re: Nidifugous

Postby Slava » Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:46 am

It has a pair, with the opposite meaning: nidicolous. Applicable perhaps to young adults who still live with their parents? :)

Interestingly, there is another pair of words with the same meanings: altricial and precocial.
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Re: Nidifugous

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:36 pm

Not to be confused with precocious. Or maybe it should be?
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Re: Nidifugous

Postby Slava » Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:13 pm

They do share a root.
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Re: Nidifugous

Postby Philip Hudson » Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:54 pm

Speaking of the book, "The Tender Bar", did you hear the one about the termite that walked into a bar? He asked. "Is the bar tender here? Groan. I know, all puns are bad except for the one you are telling.
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Re: Nidifugous

Postby BarbaraK » Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:44 pm

thanks,Perry..I have not been back until now to see your replies!!
love the joke,Philip
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Re: Nidifugous

Postby eberntson » Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:35 am

I just saw a movie about a nidicolous child, and the movie title can state the definition in modern idiom "Failure to Launch". It was amusing with a little to much modern adolescent humor.

So, could one call runaway children then "nidifugous children"?

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Re: Nidifugous

Postby BarbaraK » Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:39 am

yes, it seems a good use of the word...runaway children..are nidifugous! LOL :D
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Re: Nidifugous

Postby Slava » Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:48 am

I'm thinking nidifugous children would be more along the lines of those who move out after college. This would be in keeping with a phrase we already have: the empty nest.
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Re: Nidifugous

Postby BarbaraK » Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:22 am

that would be a good use of it also
except ..when is "leaving the nest early" these days! ?
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Re: Nidifugous

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:09 pm

Before about 35.
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Re: Nidifugous

Postby BarbaraK » Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:40 pm

:D LOL..that would be about right..we were just discussing how young people stay at home longer than we would have wanted to..it is a different time!
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