We’ve all experienced the feeling of ‘ibidem,’ or staying in the same place. Ibidem is the English derivative of a Latin word that commonly has two meanings. One meaning of ibidem is to stay in the same place, like many of the animals in the following video. The other, more common usage of ibidem is to define the collective endnotes or footnotes of a document or bibliography.
Ibidem was more popularly used in the mid- to late-1700s and is an adverb. The animals in the video are experiencing ibidem because many of them are stuck in the same place because they have wandered into peculiar situations. We’ve experienced ibidem in our own lives when we are stalled in traffic, when we are waiting in line, or when we feel personally in the same place in our jobs or our relationships.
Some animals are ibidem because of biology. Barnacles seem to be in ibidem although they are able to move, to our eyes they stay in the same place on their rocks near the ocean. Other animals become ibidem because of circumstance; a cat getting stuck in a bag, a hamster staying in the same place on its wheel, or a puppy getting caught in the legs of a chair. Ibidem can be frustrating, but it can also be adorable!