Is "Raptor" Still an Okay Term for "Bird of Prey"?

Henrik Petersson

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Since time immemorial, the word "raptor" has - in plain English - been a synonym for "bird of prey". However, it has recently shifted to be mostly a synonym for "dromaeosaur".

Before a certain movie came out 1993, when people said "raptors", they meant something like this:

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However, since a certain movie came out in 1993, whenever someone says "raptors", they almost certainly mean something more akin to this:


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The meaning of this word is relevant on a forum such as this, where a lot of people from time to time experience problems with birds of prey.

My question is, do you still think that it's okay to say "raptor" when you mean "bird of prey"?

When I say "I have a raptor problem", do I conjure up this image...

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... Or this?

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