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The Washington Post reported recently that D.C. public schools intended to include “catfish chicken nuggets” on this year’s lunch menus—raising the prospect of some cross-species fusion cuisine. According to Barbara Adams, dietitian with the school department’s Division of Food and Nutrition Services, the morsels don’t blend fish and fowl; they’re simply catfish nuggets. But when they land in cafeterias, they may be listed by yet another name, perhaps “fish nuggets”—so that literal-minded students won’t think that they’re eating Garfield. It’s part of a tradition of gustatory euphemism, according to Adams. Take turkey patties. “To kids, turkey is only for Thanksgiving,” she says. Solution: The schools bill them as “chicken patties,” Adams says, with a menu note saying that they’re “turkey-based.” —Joe Dempsey