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Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road

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Well, some of you may think me strange for doing this; but I decided to check out the origin for the English word "chicken."  What I discovered was, to me, both interesting and ironic.  The origin for the English word "chicken" is from the Old English word cycen, which literally means "little cock," wherein the English word "cock" comes from the Old English word coc.  What I found interesting and ironic about this is that in the present day the word "chicken" is employed as figure of speech for someone who is timid and fearful, whereas the word "cock" ("cocky") is employed as a figure of speech for someone who is strongly self-confident and even arrogant.  Although these two words originate from the same place, with the one word simply refering to a smaller version of the other, when employed as figures of speech, they now refer to that which is the opposite of one another.  To me, that is ironic.

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