Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Spelling Thing That Has Long Irked Me

Kooky and Cuckoo. That's bothered me ever since I was a kid. I guess I thought that if kooky is with K's and O's, cuckoo should be kookoo.

Never looked it up till now, though. Sure enough, American Heritage supposes that "kooky" came from "cuckoo."

Nuts.

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2 comments:

nimah said...

The kooky cuckoo stared at the cooking kook.
I think I feel an aneurisum coming on.

June Casagrande said...

The cooking kook! I think I used to work with that guy. He would sit in the kitchen at the seafood restaurant where I worked and ask all the waitresses: You want fish with that?

(Not really.)

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