Among the hundreds of times the expression "Chickens have come home to roost" appeared in American newspapers this year, the following subject categories, gleaned through a Nexis-Lexis search, caught our attention.
Government: 236 times
Republican Party: 51
OJ Simpson: 1
Three papers fought to place "roosting chickens" in print the most: Detroit News (7), New York Times (6), Los Angeles
Excerpts from the L.A. Times:
- "Some through wealth and influence may forestall the inevitable
consequences of their deeds. But eventually, everyone's chickens come
home to roost." (A reader letter commenting on O.J. Simpson's
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- "Make the chickens of the economic disaster come home to roost on
Wall Street, where they belong." (A reader writing about corporate
- "Thanks a lot, Reverend Writght. Obama's campaign must be wishing
some chickens would come home to roost right on top of the esteemed
reverend's head . . ." (Op-ed writer Rosa Brooks column about the Rev.
Jeremiah Wright, who's known for employing the roosting chicken expression.
- "I think we are only beginning to see the impact, and I think it
could be significant. I think the chickens are going to come home to
roost. How many chickens is the question." (Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky
quoted in piece on the collapsing housing market.)