"Word" words?

Doug Harris cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET
Mon Apr 28 15:56:45 UTC 2008

Which reminds me of the advice to the fish seller that his sign didn't need
to say _Fresh Fish Today_. 'Fish' would be sufficient, because ... well,
that's pretty obvious, isn't it?

At 11:58 PM -0400 4/27/08, James Harbeck wrote:
>>One of the few pleasures of living on the East Coast is being able to
>>use "tunafish," again.
>Go farther east to Newfoundland and you'll encounter a new style of
>meaning for "fish". In Nfld, "fish" means "cod" and every other fish
>is specified. I was in a restaurant in St. John's and asked about one
>menu item, "What kind of fish is it?" The answer was "Fresh." The
>alternative, as it happens, would have been "Salt." Cod can be either
>fresh or salted. But if it weren't cod, they would have said so in
>the first place.

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