CUCKOLD'S NEST. English. The similarity in the words 'cuckold' and 'cuckoo' partly explains why "Cuckold's Nest" came to be attached to the tune, which is almost universally known as "The Cuckoo's Nest." However, there may be more to the association, as Simpson and Roud point out in their Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore (2000, entry under "Cuckoo"): "The cuckoo's habit of laying eggs in the nests of other birds explains why its cry was regarded, in medieval and Elizabethan times, as mocking cuckold husbands--they would have to bring up another man's child."
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