18:00 Feb 24, 2009
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English language (monolingual) [Non-PRO]
Cooking / Culinary / chicken/cutting up
English term or phrase: wishbone
how to cut a chicken for frying so that you can have a wishbone
Cindy Patterson

5joined clavicle bone to cut in two halfs
Alexandra Taggart
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Kim Metzger



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joined clavicle bone to cut in two halfs

That is a tricky thing to do when you try to cut a chiken in two halfs. Normally only one half of it will contain this two-pronged fork shaped bone. It is an old superstition that breaking it together with your table companion would make your dream/wish come true.

Alexandra Taggart
Russian Federation
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Reference: wishbone

Reference information:
The forked bone anterior to the breastbone of most birds, formed by the fusion of the clavicles.

Kim Metzger
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agree  Derek Gill Franßen: I loved "pulling the wishbone" when I was a kid. See http://iq.lycos.co.uk/qa/show/55301/How-did-the-Tradition-of... ;-D
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agree  Alexandra Taggart: Thanks!!!
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