This one’s bothered me for years and it came up again yesterday while chilling at the beach:

In Hebrew, turkey (the animal) is hodu/הודו. However, Hodu/הודו is also the name for India (the country), while in English Turkey refers to a different country known in Hebrew as Turkia/טורקיה. To make matters worse, the animal does not come from either country: it is native to North America (and was called huexolotl in nahuatl). It wasn’t even introduced in the area until the 16th century!

Chew on that for a minute.

2 thoughts on “Turkey?”

Leave a Reply