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A.Word.A.Day--empty nest syndrome

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empty nest syndrome (EMP-tee nest SIN-drom) noun

A depressed state felt by some parents after their children have left home.

"Meanwhile, _Home Improvement_ is going to be suffering empty nest syndrome. Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who plays middle son Randy on the sitcom, will leave to focus on his education, the 16-year-old actor's publicist said yesterday." People Watch, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Aug 5, 1998.

This week's theme: syndromes, paradoxes, laws, and principles.


I wish I were either rich enough or poor enough to do a lot of things that are impossible in my present comfortable circumstances. -Don Herold

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