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ketoneus's avatar

Did the term "grounding" as a punishment for kids precede the same term for pilots being prevented from flying?

Asked by ketoneus (1169points) June 9th, 2008
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girlofscience's avatar

No, but that’s something my dad would make a joke about.

Example of one of my dad’s jokes:
We were out to dinner and deciding whether to order the Zen Chicken.
My dad said: “Can you think of anything Buddha?”

Seesul's avatar

I would think logic would have it that it would be the other way around. Unless for some reason the term was used for birds. Sounds like a military origin.

ketoneus's avatar

@girlofscience: Oh god, I am getting old if I’m compared to people’s father.

@Seesul: Agreed. That’s actually what I was thinking but was too tired to get the phrasing in my question right.

gailcalled's avatar

@ketoneus: aren’t you about to become someon’e father – soon?

ketoneus's avatar

@gailcalled: still a few months away, but good point.

Seesul's avatar

Maybe you should have modified that with: “old enough to be a flutherer’s father”!

marinelife's avatar

To answer the original question, yes the slang term derives from the grounding of an airplane (or pilot).

ketoneus's avatar

@Marina: thank you for the answer

grossidn's avatar

I have no idea, but now that you mention it, it sounds plausible!

seazen's avatar

Zen chicken?

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