May 23

“Are you sure it’s safe?” “What are you, chicken? Buk buk bukaaaw!”

“Chicken” is used to mean “coward”. In movies, the main character often does something dangerous because someone called him chicken. Don’t try this at home!



2 Responses to “Modern English Idiom of the Week: What are you, chicken?”

  1. Yusuke says:

    It is the same also in Japan.
    What is the origin?

    • korien says:

      It is probably because people saw the chickens in their yards get startled easily. The word “chicken” has been used this way since the 14th century!

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