When being called a 'turkey' may be a compliment

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I’ve always been amused when I heard or read that someone or something was a “turkey” since in the contemporary vernacular it’s come to mean: “a person considered inept or undesirable” or “a failure, especially a failed theatrical production or movie.” Whoever started that descriptive modification certainly never hunted the wild feathered fowl of the same name. If they had, they’d be tempted to add the word “hunter” which might then more accurately match the more common definition that includes inept.

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