"chicken little"

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Fri Feb 15 14:58:16 UTC 2008

In news reports about the Colorado town that's being threatened with an "avalanche" of toxic water, a local official is quoted: "We're not just crying 'chicken little' here."

In the old story, it was Chicken Little (or Chicken Lickin') himself who did the "crying"--viz., "The sky is falling!" However, a Google search yields several hundred instances of the construction "cry 'chicken little.'"



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