That is a useful distinction, but I have to say that it's not one I've ever heard before. I use drumstick and chicken leg interchangeably. I thought everyone did, but it appears I'm wrong about that. I don't think I'm wrong in saying that the distinction you make, Rover, isn't made by everybody.
I think that's still an idiomatic usage. As Rover_KE points out, while the chicken is walking around on it, the "drumstick" is just the equivalent to the human calf and the thigh is also part of the leg. I think the shank (the featherless part between the small end of the drumstick and the ground) is anatomically part of the foot, but it looks like "leg" to me.Until then, however, it's only a chicken leg. It's not a drumstick while the chicken is still walking around on it.
Well, you can count me in as another person from the U.S. who has never heard this distinction.I don't know about "obviously." I don't think Cyberpedant, Myridon and I can be considered representative of the entire population of the U.S. We may be, but then again, we may not. I have until now never even considered whether there is any difference in meaning between drumstick and chicken leg, and I may have missed something.
Really? Because drumstick is extremely common both here in the Midwest where I live now and in California where I grew up and still have lots of family. Leg is common, too, of course.I'm familiar with the term 'drumstick,' but it's been my experience that almost all AE speakers would call it a 'leg.'
Definitely. The drumstick is what you prepare, serve and eat, not what the chicken or turkey walks around on.I must say though, I would not call it a 'drumstick' while it's still on a living chicken; only the dead kind that I intend to eat.
I could see this in perhaps a sit-down restaurant. But, I can assure you, if you walk into KFC or Popeye's, that would not be the kind of 'leg' you'd be served.When I was a kid, the leg was served intact - thigh and lower leg as one single piece. The term "drumstick" had me totally baffled, as a "leg" looked more like an axe than a drumstick....
Indeed. But while I don't know about Popeye's, at KFC you would indeed be served a "leg," not a "drumstick."I could see this in perhaps a sit-down restaurant. But, I can assure you, if you walk into KFC or Popeye's, that would not be the kind of 'leg' you'd be served.