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Crayfish, crawfish, and crawdads

A discussion of word histories and origins.

Postby eberntson » Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:41 am

@Bailey, Luddite: I won't confuse that.
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Postby melissa » Sun Nov 11, 2007 12:27 am

Eberntson, 9/10. You left out "chickenboner".

Anyway, I'm not sure that geekdom still requires social ineptitude, I've met a few that lack the nerdy aspect that the word used to imply. Or maybe everyone out there has just become more geeky. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
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Re: Crayfish, crawfish, and crawdads

Postby eberntson » Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:55 pm

"Geek" is cool now... so time to move on. I'm getting older so I am moving on to "eccentric" with a twist of "steam punk" rubbed on the rim.

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Re: Crayfish, crawfish, and crawdads

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:24 pm

Thanks for resurfacing the post. Like many posts, Andrew or someone should enable us to cut and paste the geek part under its own name. Before the geekdom came up, I was about to comment on Lousiana crawfish. You may need a license, but I don't know anyone who ever asked. Come down any spring after a rainstorm, find most any creek or even ditch, and scoop up all you want with a net. Alternatively, a string tied to a piece of bacon will get you one at a time. Avoid snakes.

Suirrels are regular fare down here early in the season, a month before deer are legal. Fried or in stew they're great. At crawfish boils we make huge piles on newspaper and argue ever whether to suck the heads or just pull off the tails. Personally, if there's a choice, I pick shrimp because you get more with less effort. However, my s-i-l's crawfish etouffee is world class!
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Re: Crayfish, crawfish, and crawdads

Postby Dr. Goodword » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:14 am

This is my favorite etymology (if you didn't already know). It is a ping-pong game between French and the Germanic languages.

http://www.alphadictionary.com/blog/?p=180
http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles ... ology.html (Scroll down to the Cs)
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Re: Crayfish, crawfish, and crawdads

Postby Dr. Goodword » Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:51 am

Cuddle fish? I can't imagine a cuddly bivalve.
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Re: Crayfish, crawfish, and crawdads

Postby Philip Hudson » Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:28 am

http://www.alphadictionary.com/blog/?p=180 discusses borrowed words and the fact that some them have been returned to the source language with modified meaning.

One I particularly like is the word ranch. As I understand it, at the time of the USA-Mexican war the word rancho meant something like a line shack in Spanish. We borrowed it and made a ranch be the whole shebang of an agrarian estate. Now it means that in Mexican Spanish.
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Re: Crayfish, crawfish, and crawdads

Postby bailey66 » Sun Nov 09, 2014 11:03 pm

I forget what crawdads (crayfish more properly)are called in Australia, OH wait, yabbies, now if that doesn't that get those Pavlovian juices flowing I don't know what does.

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