Aint no Thing but a Chicken Wing?
I ordered an appetizer platter that had several items on it.
The least appetizing was an item called "boneless chicken wings".
(I don't care much for bar-b-que chicken wings.)
When the platter arrived, I took one on my plate anyway.
I wondered what to expect - would it be all those little pieces of chicken that you typically find on a wing ... all pressed together, breaded ... and coated with sauce?
I cut it with my fork.
I was surpised to see solid white meat.
I cut it the other direction.
More solid white meat.
"Hmmm ... " I said to myself "...they must have gotten a nugget mixed in with this batch."
(It was yummy, by the way)
I took another one and cut it with my fork.
Same thing - solid white meat through and through - no matter what direction I sliced it.
All 5 of them were the same.
By the time I was done eating them, I figured it out.
They were not wings at all.
I had been eating chicken breast nuggets ...
... called "boneless wings."
I asked my waiter about it. "How are these 'chicken wings'?"
He admitted that he had tasted them before and he thought they were made from chicken breasts.
The waiter said he thought they called them "wings" because it "sold" them to the public.
(Funny - as I said, I actually don't like chicken wings - I prefer chicken breasts.)
He said I should write the corporate office of Applebees and tell them that they had the wrong name for this dish.
Such a nice young fella.
So ... I ate chicken breast nuggets which were called "boneless chicken wings."
I wondered - "How would they take the bones out of a chicken wing ... and how would it look and taste?"
I suppose I will never know.
This whole thing was very disconcerting.
Words mean something to me!