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Counting chickens

Posted by Adrian on October 17, 2002

In Reply to: Counting chickens posted by R. Berg 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.

Confusingly enough, the phrase is from an Aesop Fable, but not this one! It should be from a poor couple who find an egg and imagine the riches they can get once the chicken is hatched. Only the egg ends up broken.