Fisher revival

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 11 21:13:03 UTC 2012

I should have noted that the semantic shift on the Bruce Peninsula was
probably induced by the reintroduction of fishers by the Ministry of
Natural Resources about ten years ago.  The 10,000 year round
residents of the Bruce, not including First Nations communities, are,
of course, all native speakers of Early Modern English and are
strongly influenced by the eight instances of "fisher" in the KJV.


On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM, Ronald Butters <ronbutters at> wrote:
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> Owing to the popularity of a book known as the King James Bible, the word "fishers" is quite well known to many Christians and other literate humen in the English-speaking world.
> On Jan 10, 2012, at 12:03 AM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>> About the word "fisher," the OED says: "One who is employed in catching fish. Now arch.; superseded in ordinary use by fisherman."
>> But there are women who fish, making it difficult to talk about people who fish. I personally use the word "fisher" when I need to. Two examples of "fisher" can be found at:
>> Benjamin Barrett
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