AW: [sw-l] Chicken Scratch

Thu Jan 4 12:34:04 UTC 2007

Hi Stefan:

>thanks for this lesson - perhaps I will try to write an animated chicken
>doing his job at best as possible - just as chickens do!

Cheri and others have given excellent definitions of using "chicken 
scratch" as a verb. But it is also used as a noun with yet another meaning.

When your  German chickens scratch and find something to eat, that is 
also known idiomatically as "chicken scratch" meaning something small 
or not worth very much. For example, if I'm in a low paying job, I 
might say that I'm just working for "chicken scratch".

You just have to love English idioms where a "fat chance" and a "slim 
chance" are the same size, yet a "wise man" and a "wise guy" are opposites! LOL



Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
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