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rosebud moment

noun; compounding
A moment at which a person's childhood abruptly ends and their adult life begins; a loss of innocence.
 
This word is a compound of "rosebud" and "moment". The "rosebud" has metaphorical meaning; it comes from a plot device in the film "Citizen Kane", in which Kane's last word, "rosebud" represents his loss of innocence and the last time he was truly happy. The "moment" simply refers to the point in time at which this occurs.
Etymology : Compound of "rosebud" and "moment". Rosebud: compound of "rose" and "bud", from Latin rosa, likely from Greek "rhodon", meaning rose. Moment: from Old French "moment", meaning a moment or instant, from Latin "momentum", meaning movement, from the verb "movere", meaning to move.
Source : "Too many young people have a Rosebud moment when childhood ends abruptly and their life is forever changed." From an article by Anthony Mullen, National Teacher of the Year, 2013. Citizen Kane was released in 1941. Etymology from Etymonline.
Last modified: 26 November 2013


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