Date: Thu, 1 Dec 1994 21:36:47 -0800

From: Birrell Walsh birrell[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]WELL.SF.CA.US

Subject: Re: dryland fish

On Thu, 1 Dec 1994, Larry Horn wrote:

Besides mountain/prairie oysters, there's also Albany sturgeon (dried beef),

Block Island turkey (salted codfish), and the ever-popular Welsh rabbit. And

no doubt others involving the same logic (as dryland fish). One of my

favorites, though it may be seen as a bit of an ethnoslur (and we don't want

to rekindle THAT thread, do we?) is "Irish tan", which according to one of my

students, = 'sunburn'. So it's not just for luncheon treats anymore...

In San Francisco at Eighth and Bryant Streets, a large green turkey

revolves over the door of a corned beef maker. The origin? A century

ago beef was cheap and turkey expensive. The immigrant Irish could not

afford anything expensive, so corned beef was "Irish Turkey". The only

trace is that the place in question is "Robert's Turkey Brand Corned Beef."