Talking turkey

The Wilton Historical Society sends along a seasonal story about the origins of “let’s talk turkey.”

According to legend, this interesting idiom involves a story about a pilgrim and a Native American who went hunting and caught an equal number of turkeys and buzzards. The pilgrim took the two turkeys, leaving the buzzards for his companion. Justifiably annoyed, the Native American responded, “Stop talking birds, let’s talk turkey.”

Whether true or not, we still use this expression to mean, let’s dispense with the nonsense and talk about what’s important.