Why are cowards referred to as 'chickens'?
Mystery Hour QuestionWhy are cowards referred to as chickens?
Name: Geoff, Durham
Qualification: Read it in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (You're not supposed to look things up on MH - but he was nice and James hadn't read out that disclaimer)
Answer: Young fowls are remarkably timid and run to the hen on the slightest alarm.