Word origins: Turkey

English as a language is known to have lots of loan words. We in the United States borrow words from other languages and lands quite often. I hadn’t thought, though, about the word turkey in this context until it was so nicely explained to me this morning by Robert Krulwich.

This bird we eat today, an indigenous creature to this land, we call by a foreign name. (The rest of the world also doesn’t call it by an American name.) It’s one of the most American things, on this celebration day that began on this soil, and we use a word coined elsewhere. What fun!


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