This May Be the Oldest Food Trivia Question of All Time — Word of Mouth

Oh, the chicken-and-egg dilemma: Start thinking about it too much, and it’s mind-bendingly philosophical.

It’s little surprise, then, that the “chicken or the egg” question’s roots actually stretch as far back as Aristotle.

As an idiom, though, we know “chicken or the egg?” was in regular use by the mid-1800s, says Jane Solomon, lexicographer at, who dug through loads of history to help answer this question for us.



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