The next time someone asks, “Would you like dark meat or white meat” after carving the turkey, ask yourself, “Do I still think like the Victorians?”.
These were American euphemisms for the leg and the breast of turkey and other fowl. Leg and breast were embarrassing words in Victorian times. The words are still used for a description now instead of a euphemism. Taken from The Henry Holt Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson
My father had a way of keeping the white meat for himself. He told the children that whatever part of the bird we were eating, that’s what we wanted to grow.
I ended up asking for the leg so I could grow longer legs and climb a tree faster than my older brother!