"Crying Uncle"

Well this is a bit of a weird one but, where did the saying “Crying uncle” come from? It seems really odd and me and my friends have been theorising on the origins, there is a cookie involved and I would much like to know if I won it.

Any ideas anyone?

It’s “Crying ‘Uncle’” meaning acknowledging that the winner is your superior (your ‘Uncle’).

Site: Issue of November 27, 2001

or maybe it’s a reference to a long forgotten joke about a talking bird, of which only the punchline has survived


Hmm…thanks…It seems I didn’t win that cookie after all. (In fact, none of us did).
oh, thanks for the references too!