John McWhorter on Thanksgiving misnomers, on Lexicon Valley.

Turkey? Pumpkin? Squash? They’re All Thanksgiving Misnomers.

Turkey? Pumpkin? Squash? They’re All Thanksgiving Misnomers.

A show about the mysteries of English.
Nov. 28 2017 11:36 AM

Thanksgiving Misnomers

Turkey? Pumpkin? Squash? They’re all mistakes.

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Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 123:

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In this episode, John McWhorter explores the origins of the names of familiar Thanksgiving foods.

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