fourth day of christmas: On the Fourth Day of Christmas - 12/21/09 02:46 PM
 
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to mefour colly birds, three french hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.
No, that's not a typo.  You read that right.  All these years I have been singing "four calling birds", but the truth is that the real line is "four COLLY birds".  Colly birds are actually European black birds.  "Colly" was the slang term for "coal-y", referring to the black as coal color of the birds.  With the accent, "colly" sounded an awful lot like "calling", which is what we know it as today.
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