The Nationwide Thanksgiving Turkey

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For ESL Learners – Names For the Nationwide Thanksgiving Turkey:

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There are literally two of those turkeys chosen annually – the “Nationwide Thanksgiving Turkey” and an alternate. If the primary turkey cannot be on the pardon ceremony, the alternate goes as a substitute.

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Every November, the President of the US is given a reside turkey – and annually, he “pardons” it. The turkey is rarely eaten, in contrast to most turkeys raised within the U.S. As a substitute, it lives out its pure life at a park or farm.

This yr, the White Home web site doesn’t give any details about the pardoning of the turkeys. Possibly everybody is just too busy to replace the location, as they prepare for the brand new President. Nonetheless, we all know the pardon goes to occur, as typical. St. Olaf School, in Minnesota, reviews that one in every one of its graduates, Paul Hill, is giving the White Home two turkeys from his farm.


In earlier years, the White Home requested folks to vote on-line on names for the turkeys. That has not occurred this yr, however, most likely the turkeys might be given names that go collectively.

Final yr, for instance, the turkeys have been named “Could” and “Flower”. This recollects the Mayflower, the ship utilized by the Pilgrims who celebrated the primary Thanksgiving Day within the land that grew to become the U.S. In 2006, they have been named “Flyer” and “Fryer”. Though these sound like good names for birds that should be eaten, turkeys cannot fly. And never many individuals fry their Thanksgiving turkeys.


In 2005, the turkeys have been known as “Marshmallow” and “Yam”. This recollects a standard Thanksgiving dish, candy potatoes (generally known as yams) with marshmallows on prime. People both love or hate this dish.

“Biscuits” and “Gravy” have been the names in 2004. Biscuits are unsweetened rolls made with baking powder (though the identical phrase is used for cookies in British English). They can be utilized to absorb gravy — sauce comprised of meat drippings.

In 2003, the turkeys have been known as “Stars” and “Stripes” in honor of the U.S. flag. In 2002, there was one turkey, a feminine named Katie (a nickname for Catherine).


In 2001, shortly after the September 11th assaults, the turkeys have been named “Liberty” and “Freedom”. President Bush mentioned, “Freedom will not be right here as a result of he is in a safe and undisclosed location.”

A few of the names that did not make it over time have been:

  • Washington and Lincoln
  • Plymouth and Rock (after Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts, the place many consider the Pilgrims landed)
  • Democracy and Freedom (these misplaced to Marshmallow and Yam)
  • Lewis and Clark (after two early American explorers)
  • Pumpkin and Cranberry (extra Thanksgiving meals)

This yr’s turkey pardon will happen on November 26th. We might have to attend till then to be taught the turkeys’ names.

(To learn the St. Olaf Information story click on right here.)

Supply by Jane Wangersky

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