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Build your vocabulary (Part II)

Second entry of my special series on new words…

Today’s new word is: Broody.

The first time I heard this word (or at least the first time that it entered my concious mind) was just yesterday. I had to look it up on the internet and it made me laugh – not because of the actual meaning of the word, but because it has entered my vocabulary in such a time in my life.

Broody, according to the Merriam Webster, means “being in a state of readiness to brood eggs that is characterized by cessation of laying and by marked changes in behavior and physiology“. That confused the hell out of me, so a second opinion is always welcome. The Macmillan Dictionary was more spot on: “wanting to have a baby“.

It is not really fresh news the fact that I have been wanting a baby for a little bit. The person who actually uttered the sentence to me was quite right, but I had to pretend otherwise (a workmate, whose wife just had a baby, emailed me a video of the kid, with the sentence below: Enjoy. I hope it doesn’t make you broody”, to which I replied -after finding out the meaning of the word- “Oh no! we’re quite happy with just the cat for now”)

And to some extent, Tom has somehow temporarily filled in that little gap. But of course it is not the same. He is preparing the path for us, making sure that we get used to a cute tiny creature crying for food all the time and waking us up at 4 in the morning everyday…

However, we’re not being blessed just yet. We have to keep trying (harder, I must admit) and keep wishing that a little creature (who can compete with the cat for our attention) will be with us at some point in the near future.

Broody chicks