Qu'est-ce que c'est? C'est un enfant terrible (aussi appelee l'oiseau tempete)!  

August 3rd 1990, Aubry de Baudricourt, Genevieve, and myself struck out to see the world and make a name for ourselves. Our target - Five Star Tourney. Accompanied by trusting Tuathal and crafty Daria, we found ourselves in a melee team event - without a team name. Our great leader Aubry, clever man that he was, listed our team as "Les Enfants Terrible". Knowing that there was probably hidden meaning in that name, I decided to do some research. Here is what I came up with:

en·fant ter·ri·ble

enfant - child[i]

terrible - terrible, terrific[ii]

enfant terrible - (fig) stormy petrel[iii]

en·fant ter·ri·ble (äN-fäN´ tè-rê¹ble) noun en·fants ter·ri·bles (äN-fäN´ tè-rê¹ble)

One whose startlingly unconventional behavior, work, or ideas are a source of embarrassment or dismay to others: The radical painter was the enfant terrible of the art establishment.

[French : enfant, child + terrible, frightful.][iv]

Enfant terrible 1: one whose inopportune remarks or unconventional actions cause embarrassment 2: one who is strikingly unorthodox, innovative, or avant-garde[v]

stormy petrel

stormy petrel 1: STORM PETREL a: one fond of strife b: a harbinger of trouble[vi]

pet·rel

pet·rel (pèt¹rel) noun

Any of numerous black, gray, or white sea birds of the order Procellariiformes, especially the storm petrel.

[Perhaps alteration (perhaps influenced by Saint Peter walking on the water, from the fact that the bird flies so close to the water as to appear to be walking on the water), of earlier pitteral.][vii]

petrel - a marine bird belonging to a widely distributed family (Prociellariidae; 55 species) characterized by a musky smell, thick plumage, webbed feet, and a hooked bill with long, tubular nostrils; 11-35 in (27-90 cm) long, petrels are well adapted for oceanic life, feeding on fish and mollusks and only coming ashore to breed. Diving petrels belong to a family (Pelecanoididae; 5 species) occurring in the S hemisphere; they are 6-10 in (16-25 cm) long, have short wings, and feed mostly on crustaceans. Order: Procellariiformes. See also fulmar; prion; shearwater; storm petrel.[viii]



storm petrel

storm petrel noun

Any of various small sea birds of the family Hydrobatidae, especially Hydrobates pelagicus, of the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean, having sooty plumage and a white rump. Also called stormy petrel.[ix]

Storm Petrel - a small seabird belonging to a family (Hydrobatidae; 20 species) occurring in all oceans; 5-10 in (13-25 cm) long, storm petrels have dark-gray or brown plumage, often with paler underparts. Species of southern oceans have square tails, long legs, and short toes and feed by . walking. on the water with wings outstretched, picking up plankton. Northern species have longer wings and a forked or wedge-shaped tail and feed by swooping on fish.[x]




[i] The New College French & English Dictionary Copyright © 1972 by Bantam Books

[ii] The New College French & English Dictionary Copyright © 1972 by Bantam Books

[iii] The New College French & English Dictionary Copyright © 1972 by Bantam Books

[iv] The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition Copyright © 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company

[v] Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary Copyright © 1984 by Merriam-Webster Inc.

[vi] Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary Copyright © 1984 by Merriam-Webster Inc.

[vii] The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition Copyright © 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company

[viii] Webster's Family Encyclopedia, 1995 Edition Copyright © 1995 by Ottenheimer Publishers

[ix] The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition Copyright © 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company

[x] Webster's Family Encyclopedia, 1995 Edition Copyright © 1995 by Ottenheimer Publishers