why is it called turkey when it is hindi?

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why is it called turkey when it is hindi?

Post by garam-kuta on Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:37 am

why is turkey called turkey? interesting.

Turkey, which has no native turkeys, does not call turkey "turkey." The Turks “knew the bird wasn’t theirs,” Forsyth explains, so they “made a completely different mistake and called it a hindi, because they thought the bird was probably Indian.”

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/11/why-americans-call-turkey-turkey/383225/

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Re: why is it called turkey when it is hindi?

Post by confuzzled dude on Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:26 am

Interesting. In Telugu this bird is called "ginne" (bowl) kodi (hen), I guess mispronunciation of "Guinea".

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Re: why is it called turkey when it is hindi?

Post by Vakavaka Pakapaka on Thu Nov 24, 2016 3:56 pm

They probably think that Hindians are turkeys! Kayar Vizhi, I am sure, agrees.

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