The Oxford Dictionary and poultry



To start off the week, here’s a hilarious lexicographical attempt to resolve the famous chicken/egg quandary.

Did you know that the earliest recorded use of ‘chicken’ in English is metaphorical, not literal? And that ‘the egg as offspring’ was not in fact used earlier than ‘the egg for eating’ in Old English documents? It’s getting curiouser and curiouser, so read the article to find out more.

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