Having returned home to St.Leonards at the beginning of the week, I noticed immediately upon stepping out out of my car, the quietness! In particular, the lack of mewing from herring gulls, for at this time of year they are very noisy protecting their territories perched on neighbouring roofs and chimneys and also, raiding refuse bins and bags. Presumably due to the lack of discarded fast-food, far fewer pairs have been able to carry out breeding this year?
Furlough. This is a new word in my vocabulary as I don’t think I have come across it before. Definition – ‘A furlough is “a temporary layoff from work.” People who get furloughed usually get to return to their job after a furlough. In general, people are not paid during furloughs but they do keep employment benefits, such as health insurance. Furloughs are mandatory. Workers are ordered not to do anything work-related while they are on furlough.’
Its origin is early 17th century from Dutch verlof, modeled on German Verlaub, of West Germanic origin and related to leave.