Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Who You Calling Cuckoo?

funny word of the day: cuckoo

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈkü-(ˌ)kü, ˈku̇-\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural cuckoos
Etymology: Middle English cuccu, of imitative origin
Date: 13th century
1 : a largely grayish-brown European bird (Cuculus canorus) that is a parasite given to laying its eggs in the nests of other birds which hatch them and rear the offspring; broadly : any of a large family (Cuculidae of the order Cuculiformes) to which this bird belongs2 : the call of the cuckoo3 : a silly or slightly crackbrained person

Function: adjective
Date: 1627
1 : of, relating to, or resembling the cuckoo2 : deficient in sense or intelligence : silly
cuckoo clock
Function: noun
Date: 1789
: a wall or shelf clock that announces the hours by sounds resembling a cuckoo's call

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