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The "Prize Turkey" in "A Christmas Carol": Shouldn't it have been a goose?

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The "Prize Turkey" in "A Christmas Carol": Shouldn't it have been a goose?

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gfr1111 | | Jun 3, 2013 12:16 PM

The first time I saw "A Christmas Carol," the characters referred repeatedly to the "Prize Turkey" in the butcher's window. That sounded to me like an anachronism (or whatever you call the opposite). Turkeys were native American birds. Had they really been exported back to England by the time Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol"? Wouldn't it have been far more likely that the butcher would have had in his window a goose?

Dickens had already taken his trip to America. Did he have turkeys on his mind and, therefore, threw one in inhis book? (I'll go have a flaming rum punch while I await your answers.) Thanks!

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