Today is Thanksgiving, a holiday here in the US traditionally (or at least moderately traditionally) celebrated by a day of feasting with family and by expressing thanks. It’s also a day when most Americans eat turkey, a large bird that is native to North America.¹ This has lead to many people calling Thanksgiving “Turkey Day.” So what better Themed Things list to bring you for this Turkey Day than a list of turkeys. (However, these are turkeys you won’t likely see at the dinner table.²)
Ten Turkey Things for Turkey Day
- Turkey in the Straw: an American folk song, often fiddled. (Listen to it, if you like.)
- hand turkey: a picture made by tracing one’s hand to make the approximate shape of a turkey. The thumb represents the head and neck, and the fingers the tail feathers. Usually, the drawing is adorned with a beak, an eye, wings and a wattle.
- a turkey: a movie that got bad reviews, or that otherwise was poorly received.
- a turkey: a bowling term meaning 3 consecutive strikes.
- talk turkey. An expression meaning “to speak frankly.” Has some debatable origins.
- jive turkey: one who acts as if they know what they are talking about, but really doesn’t.
- Wild Turkey. A brand of bourbon. My grandmother liked bourbon. Not sure if she had a preferred brand.
- cold turkey. The act of quitting abrubtly, without tapering off. As in “quit drinking cold turkey.” (Which may also involve quitting drinking Wild Turkey.)
- Turkey: a nation. (I wonder how often people not native to the US expect that there will be some sort of Turkish cultural event on Turkey day?)
- Twas the Night before Thanksgiving, by Dav Pilkey. A somewhat controversial picturebook about some kids who “liberate” some turkeys from a farm and have them over for dinner (but don’t have them for dinner). (I found the full text online listed as an “anonymously” written animal rights poem, but I think Pilkey was the orginal author.)
² Well, except maybe the bourbon, in some households.