Talk:noctivagant

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Another completely redundant word, primary reference being "The Endangered English Dictionary: Bodacious Words Your Dictionary Forgot". Not sure if it doesn't meet CFI because it is a nonce, or if it doesn't meet CFI because it is a made-up word for things that already have better words...e.g. nocturnal, sleepwalker, etc. --Connel MacKenzie 06:29, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

Actually, I just think it meets the CFI (my initial instinct was to RFV this as well, but I went through the sites and it seems real to me - it's mentioned in dictionaries going back over a hundred years):
Thomas Martindale, Sport Indeed (2005) p. 177:
When the sun dropped behind the ridges and this duskiness began to creep over the face of nature, it seemed as if the thoughtful dame had given all her creatures - except her noctivagant rakes — quick notice to finish whatever task they had on hand and get to bed.
Alan Wall, The School of Night (2003) p. 223:
Not merely nocturnal but noctivagant, a nightwalker, a prowler, a nomad of the midnight streets...
Raymond Queneau, Zazie in the Metro (2001) p. 153:
Primary and defalcatory policeman, noctivagant miscreant, irresolute pursuer of widows and orphans, these fleeting images allow me to assume without apprehension the minor risks of ridicule, of absurdity, and of sentimental effusion...
Charles Harpur, Elizabeth M. Perkins, The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur (1984) p. 495:
The bidawong, like the kindyne, is a noctivagant animal, and less like the European quadruped after which it has been partly named.
Nirmal Probha Bardoloi, Assamese Short Stories: An Anthology (1982) p. 36:
...Eso again turned noctivagant. That was why the Pastor could not meet him.
Walter Hamilton, Parodies of the Works of English & American Authors (1967) p. 142:
But the Demon's a deuce of a rider to catch,
And it taxes brave Shaw to continue a match
For the fiery noctivagant ranger.
Cheers! bd2412 T 13:06, 17 March 2007 (UTC)
Also, this has nothing to do with sleepwalking. This is wandering around awake at night. Nocturnal isn't the same either, it doesn't necessarily mean wandering. 72.144.221.238 14:22, 17 March 2007 (UTC)
One more cite, quite an ancient old one:
James Hogg, The Three Perils of Woman; Or, Love, Leasing and Jealousy: A Series of Domestic Scottish Tales (1823) p. 145:
...I therefore think, Sarah, that the incommensurability of the crime with the effect, completely warrants the supersaliency of this noctivagant delinquent.
  • Striking as verified. bd2412 T 13:42, 23 March 2007 (UTC)