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How did cuckoo originate as a term for crazy people?

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September 17, 2014 10:56PM

The association of the cuckoo with insanity is because of the cuckoo clock. The gears and noisy mechanical cuckoo of the cuckoo clock are figuratively equated with the strange goings-on of a crazy person's mind.