January 20, 2019
kook (noun)
\KOOK\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a person who acts in a strange or insane way : nut
How do you use it?
As we suspected, the report of an alien encounter turned out to be a story dreamed up by some kook.
Are you a word wiz?

Our word "kook" is a shortened form of another English word. Which one of the words below gave us "kook"?

Answer B wasn't a kooky choice because "kook" is taken from the word "cuckoo." The cuckoo is a grayish bird with a distinctive call that gave it its English name. It could be because of its annoyingly repetitive call that the cuckoo's name became a word for a silly or crazy person. The cuckoo's habit of laying its eggs in other birds' nests, leaving its young to be incubated and reared by feathered foster parents, may have also contributed to this use of the word. Whatever the reason, "cuckoo" came to be used for a rather eccentric person, and by around 1960, "cuckoo" was shortened to our buzzword, "kook."
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