[Tweeters] A ?????? of nestlilngs

BobnBernie bobnbernie at comcast.net
Fri Dec 17 21:54:44 PST 2004

[Tweeters] Update: Pale Male and Lola's nestI would say chick. 1-b States, the young of any bird. I doesn't say anything about waterfowl being an exception.

Pronunciation: 'chik
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English chyke, alteration of chiken
Date: 15th century
1 a : a domestic chicken; especially : one newly hatched b : the young of any bird 
2 : CHILD 
3 : slang : a young woman 

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Guttman, Burt 
  To: Tweeters 
  Sent: Friday, December 17, 2004 5:53 PM
  Subject: [Tweeters] A ?????? of nestlilngs

  Okay, kids, someone just called to ask me a question I can't answer.  The bunch of eggs in the nest is a "clutch."  When the birds eventually hatch and grow up, they'll be something species-specific, such as a gaggle of geese or a murder of crows.  But what in heck do we call the *group* of nestlings snuggling in the nest?  And would we use a different group term for the precocial young of waterfowl, for instance, that don't stay confined in a nest?  Anyone got a bright idea?  (BTW, the call came from people in New York, near the Pale Male site.)

  Burt Guttman
  The Evergreen State College
  Olympia, WA 98505      guttmanb at evergreen.edu
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