Talking turkey

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In honor of Thanksgiving, here are some forgotten turkey- and feast-related phrases, courtesy of John Russell Bartlett’s 1848 Dictionary of Americanisms:

Poor as Job’s turkey: A common simile.

Acknowledging the corn: An expression of recent origin, which has now become very common. It means to confess, or acknowledge a charge or imputation.

Stuffening: Stuffing; seasoning for meat or poultry. usually made of bread and herbs to give it a higher relish. Western.

The much larger 1877 edition of Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms (online, thanks to Google Books) contains another good one:

To talk turkey: To say pleasant things; to talk so as to please the hearer.

And here’s a funny simile from the 1877 edition: As innocent as a sucking turkey.

Happy feasting!

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