Friday, March 30, 2007

Talking indyk

From the blog U Krakovianki:

Miscellaneous cool trivia: I love learning the origin of words, including Polish words. It was unusual, however, to discover the origin of a Polish word while reading From Dawn to Decadence by Jacques Barzun. He writes:

The bird misnamed turkey (in French d’inde = from India and for a while in Britain Indian fowl) also made its appearance, these names being another indication of the long ignorance about America.

And the Polish word for turkey, probably derived from French, is indyk. Who knew? You never know what you might learn from Jacques Barzun.