MEANING: noun: Someone who is a pessimist and alarmist, always warning others of impending calamities.

ETYMOLOGY: After a hen in a children’s tale who, when hit on the head by a falling acorn, believes the sky is falling. Earliest documented use: 1922. The character is also known by other names, such as Chicken Little and Henny Penny.

CHICKEN LICHEN - what grows on the North side of the neck, half alga, half fungus

CLICKEN LICKEN - chocolate-covered crickets

THICKEN LICKEN - wait for the dough to firm up before you scrape out the bowl