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What Does the Word ‘Turkey’ Mean?

I ran this poll last year and got some good suggestions for how to make it more neutral (which is why I’ve added the slideshow of images rather than all the animal turkey images.

Take my poll–what do you associate with the word ‘turkey’?

When you checked the results, were you surprised?

If you need hints about the word ‘turkey’, here’s a slideshow:

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming Born in a Treacherous Time. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

50 thoughts on “What Does the Word ‘Turkey’ Mean?

  1. Aside from the bird for dinner and the country in the Middle East, I think of turkeys as being those who are losers – I seem to know too many and many probably find me the same. Then there’s the turkey trot, some kind of goofy race or dance. Happy Thanksgiving, Jacqui. Even if you opt for peanut butter and jelly. And I hope you’re dancing through the whole holiday.

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  2. I just read an article on tens of thousands of turkeys on a farm in the UK which bought llamas to protect the birds from the foxes. Whilst worrying about their investment and the birds to the extent they put in wind chimes to calm them, I can’t help but think of their imminent demise in a months time or less!

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