Istanbul Diaries: Dec. 2

So I’m a little late posting for Thanksgiving, but just a little something I’ve been thinking about since then…
I managed to eat a proper American Thanksgiving dinner in Turkey…and yes, I ate turkey (the bird, not the country).
Not sure what kind of quirk of history or circumstance had Benjamin Franklin naming a bird in the 18th century after a people group (the modern nation was born after World War I)…or if it’s just a coincidence.
And now that I’ve learned a little Turkish, I’m even more stumped at why Turkey (the country, not the bird) calls Egypt “Corn.” The word is “Mısır.” I looked it up. An Egyptian guy studying Turkish at my school said he was surprised by that too.
Any etymologists there wanna tackle that one?
Meanwhile, could someone pass me the egypt…

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