A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 28, 2021
“It’s only turkey if it’s from the farm region of Turkey. Otherwise, it’s sparkling chicken”

"Champagne” is sometimes used as a generic term for sparkling wine, but legally, it must come from the Champagne wine region of France. This became a joke meme.

“Legally, you can only call it a ‘turkey’ if it comes from Turkey. You have to call it a ‘sparkling chicken’” was posted on Twitter by Huw on December 24, 2018. “It’s only turkey if it’s from the farm region of Turkey. Otherwise, it’s just sparkling chicken” was posted on Twitter by Brokengirl on November 25, 2021.

Similar jokes using this meme include “It’s only moaning if it’s from the Moan region of France. Otherwise it’s just sparkling whine,” “It’s only physics if it’s from the Physique region of France. Otherwise it’s just sparkling math,” “It’s only poetry if it’s from the Poet region of France. Otherwise it’s just sparkling whine,” “It’s only Quarantine if it’s in the Quarante province of France. Otherwise it’s just Sparkling Isolation,” “It’s only sour grapes if it comes from the Sourgrape region of France.  Otherwise it’s just sparkling whine” and “Omicron must come from the Omicrônne region of France, otherwise it’s just sparkling covid.”


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Huw
@huwr
Legally, you can only call it a “turkey” if it comes from Turkey. You have to call it a “sparkling chicken”.
4:13 PM · Dec 24, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Bugs4Beginners
@Bugs4Beginners
Replying to @huwr and @IlkkaTaponen
In fact the reason it’s called turkey in English is because it reminded settlers of a bird that had been imported to Turkey from India. Brits associated it with Turkey bc that was their context of knowing the type of guineafowl. But yeah, sparkling chicken is better.
2:42 PM · Dec 26, 2018 from Mellrichstadt, Deutschland·Twitter for iPhone

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Mike Ripley
@ripleymj
Replying to @thatjeffsmith and @CS_JMU
how about turkey vs sparkling chicken?
9:08 AM · May 10, 2019·Twitter Web App

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Matt Grier
@MattGrierMusic
Replying to @Toxic_Psychosis and @KevinCTV
This joke structure won me over from the first time I heard Turkey described as sparkling chicken.
12:43 AM · May 2, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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Brokengirl
@SarcasticSadOne
It’s only turkey if it’s from the farm region of Turkey. Otherwise, it’s just sparkling chicken.
2:48 PM · Nov 25, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, November 28, 2021 • Permalink