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2014/05/31
4:32pm
geecar
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My husband passed in 2012, but he would quote old adages from time to time. One specific one was when he was referring to someone who could not be trusted he would say, ” you know the devil trusted a turkey and he got a way.” Has anyone  heard of this one or any variation of some sort?  

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2014/06/02
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I have no idea about this one, except it’s so funny.  Usually the devil is the ultimate go-to if you want a symbol of bad- extreme greed, immorality, chaos. But here he seems to be victimized by  someone  of superior  cunnings who under disguise as  a silly turkey  puts one over the champ himself.

2014/06/11
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This phrase may be due to the fact that the wild turkey is a wily game bird and difficult to stalk.

2014/06/11
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I found http://articles.latimes.com/2002/aug/27/local/me-blackokies3/4 with Google.

This is the relevant dialog:“The devil trusted the turkey and the turkey put his eye out,” Mrs. Patterson deadpanned.

I cannot tell if it is a serial short story or what, but the by-line author might be available to locate and quiz about the article. Good Luck.

2015/06/13
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geecar said
My husband passed in 2012, but he would quote old adages from time to time. One specific one was when he was referring to someone who could not be trusted he would say, ” you know the devil trusted a turkey and he got a way.” Has anyone  heard of this one or any variation of some sort?  

Thanks,

Curious

geecar said
My husband passed in 2012, but he would quote old adages from time to time. One specific one was when he was referring to someone who could not be trusted he would say, ” you know the devil trusted a turkey and he got a way.” Has anyone  heard of this one or any variation of some sort?  

Thanks,

Curious

Thanks, Robert, that’s  was my interpretation because it seems that even the devil can be deceived? Thanks for all the variations from the group.

2015/06/13
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 Periodically, I listen to the show on Saturday and decided to go the website to find like – minded posters who  share their curiosity regarding the origins of  words. In fact. I purchased a book “A Hog on Ice” by Charles Earl Funk which has the origins and development of phrases we all use. But, I must say I am so fortunate to surf the stations and find ” A Way with Words” . The hosts are so knowledgeable and entertaining and now I look forward to tuning in each Saturday to learn something new.

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