Let's Talk Turkey

The Short Stories Behind America's Favorite Expressions

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Let's Talk Turkey gets to the roots of over 150 familiar figures of speech. These popular expressions grew out of the people, places, and events that have captured the American imagination.


"Much more than a list of phrases and definitions, … a lively and enjoyable exploration of how Americans developed their own inimitable style of speech."
Monsters & Critics, May 7, 2011

"Provides the story — and in some cases the many stories — behind the words."
–Brandy Allport, Florida Times-Union, Nov. 24, 2008

"Informative, readable, and a handy guide to numerous Americanisms."
–eLanguage, Dec. 24, 2010

"You can bet your bottom dollar that this book will inform and amuse."
–Randall M. Miller, Professor of History, Saint Joseph's University, and co-author of Unto a Good Land: A History of the American People