I can’t put all my chickens in one basket

Which came first: the chicken or the egg?  Seems like a difficult question given the amount of malaphors posted on this site involving barnyard animals and their offspring ( e.g., all your eggs lined uptoo many eggs spoil the soup, and don’t count your chickens before they come home to roost, to name just a few).  This beauty is a mash up of “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” (don’t make everything dependent on one thing) and “don’t count your chickens before they hatch” (don’t expect something before it happens).  The speaker may have also been hungry and thinking of a chicken basket.  Yum.  Chicken in a basket used to be a pub favorite in England.   Thanks to Jody Compton for hearing this one uttered by the wonderful actress Lara Hayhurst Compton!

2 Comments on “I can’t put all my chickens in one basket”

  1. Austin says:

    If you put all your chickens in one basket, you’d probably have a cock fight on your hands.

    • davemalaphor says:

      Very true, Austin. It’s like when the family from northern Spain got caught in the revolving door of the hotel. “Never put all your Basques in one exit.”

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