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Counting chickens

Posted by R. Berg on October 17, 2002

In Reply to: Counting chickens posted by jim on October 17, 2002

: Hi! What is the origin of the phrase, "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched."? Mrs. Morrissey's class has struck again...(Saxon)

Mrs. Morrissey's students would be well advised to look at Aesop's Fables--in particular, "The Milkmaid and Her Pail" (link below or The version at that site looks suspiciously modern to me, referring as it does to a Farmer Brown, but it has the gist of the old story.