p. 1991
C



No. 820.

EXTRACT  FROM  “ ALONG  THE  LABRADOR  COAST,”

BY  CHARLES  WENDELL  TOWNSEND,  M.D.  (LONDON, 1908), pp. 119–120.



         “ The ancient conundrum anent a door might be paraphrased on the Labrador coast as follows:  When is a fish not a fish ?  When it is a salmon or a halibut or a caplin, or in fact any finny monster except a cod.  Here the cod is king.  He alone is fish!   I was introduced to this somewhat anomalous use of the English language by overhearing the following conversation : ‛ And what did you get in your net the day, Sandy b’y ?’   ‛Only two fish, sorrh, and four salmon.’ ”

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