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mccardey
04-24-2015, 04:05 AM
I'm pretty sure my grandmother had some poetic turn of phrase.

Anyone?

I don't mean preemie or "early birth". I have a vague recollection of something more village-y and superstitious. The closest I can come is "seven-month-babe" but that's not it. It was prettier, and encapsulated a really slim chance of survival.

Alessandra Kelley
04-24-2015, 05:05 AM
The only word I know is for cows. A "slunk calf" is one born prematurely, alive or dead. "Slunk" is an incredibly fine and delicate leather or parchment made from their skins.

For human babies I don't know. "Unseasonable" maybe?

SymbolicGuitar
04-24-2015, 05:08 AM
You're not thinking of Embryonic are you?

Lauram6123
04-24-2015, 05:09 AM
Unfledged?

mccardey
04-24-2015, 05:13 AM
Those are lovely - one of them might fit. The one in my head is a phrase, though. My grandmother had some lovely Irishy things that crept into her speech once.

Thank you, darlings.

Lauram6123
04-24-2015, 05:16 AM
Those are lovely - one of them might fit. The one in my head is a phrase, though. My grandmother had some lovely Irishy things that crept into her speech once.

Thank you, darlings.

Tell us if you find it. I love old expressions like that.

Filigree
04-24-2015, 05:17 AM
I remember one of my aunts calling them 'snowdrop babes'.

Gringa
04-24-2015, 05:17 AM
Incubator baby

Kangaroo care baby

Thewitt
04-24-2015, 05:18 AM
Incubator Babies was the term used in the press in 1900

quicklime
04-26-2015, 07:45 PM
The only word I know is for cows. A "slunk calf" is one born prematurely, alive or dead. "Slunk" is an incredibly fine and delicate leather or parchment made from their skins.

For human babies I don't know. "Unseasonable" maybe?

depending upon the coarseness of the society/speaker, "slunk" might actually be perfect, given the implication the child is only useful for parts....