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bihunsedap
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019 7:57:12 PM

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He pat the chicks too hard.
"They are fragile. Don't pat" I told him.

What is the best word to say the chick is weak and have to handle carefully?
Romany
Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019 8:10:59 AM
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"They're fragile" is a lovely way of saying it: they certainly are! ("Don't pat THEM")
BobShilling
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bihunsedap wrote:
He pat the chicks too hard.


He patted ... in BrE.
srirr
Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019 11:41:44 PM

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bihunsedap wrote:
He pat the chicks too hard.
"They are fragile. Don't pat" I told him.

What is the best word to say the chick is weak and have to handle carefully?


They are tender.


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Romany
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 3:40:50 AM
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Srirr -

Unfortunately "tender" would be rather an awful thing to say (especially in front of a child) in BE and AE.

We use "tender" only in relation to cooked meat - to indicate that the texture of the meat was easily chewed/eaten.

If you told the child that the chick was "tender", the child would think you wanted to eat it - and would probably burst into tears!
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 4:03:30 AM

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Romany wrote:

Srirr -

Unfortunately "tender" would be rather an awful thing to say (especially in front of a child) in BE and AE.

We use "tender" only in relation to cooked meat - to indicate that the texture of the meat was easily chewed/eaten.

If you told the child that the chick was "tender", the child would think you wanted to eat it - and would probably burst into tears!


As someone who does some gardening we also use tender to refer to plants that are not frost resistant.

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ozok
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 4:23:29 AM
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...unfortunately "tender" would be rather an awful thing to say (especially in front of a child) in BE and AE.


The world needs some TLC.



just sayin'
Romany
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 4:26:40 AM
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Sarries -

You're right, of course: "tender" is used in other contexts. I shouldn't have said "only in relation to...". But my mind was only working on the relationship between the word "tender" and animals. I was imagining how horrified my youngest - a bird-person from infancy - would have been if his daddy had told him that the fluffy little chick in his hands was "tender"!!
Jyrkkä Jätkä
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But Rom! You sure have a tender heart, don't you?


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Romany
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 7:27:44 PM
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Ah no JJ. I'm just a tough & stringy old boiler fowl now, all the tenderness of a young chick is long gone!
bihunsedap
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