SAY WHY DO WE

AS BALD AS A COOT

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The com­mon coot, a wa­ter bird, has a white bill that ex­tends to form a white plate on the fore­head, which has given it the name of ‘bald coot’. The phrase orig­i­nated in the 15th cen­tury and arose from this bald-headed ap­pear­ance, which is par­tic­u­larly prom­i­nent against its sooty black plumage.

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