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Why does the discussion of fish, more than any other topic, give rise to puns?

Be fair. The Romans had not one but two Punic wars, and no fish were involved.

Rob Bannister
A fish friar would also help.

I expect he'd be good at handling a cod piece.

There was a time when fish friars worked for scale, now they demand a fin.

"I tried being reasonable. I didn't like it."
- Clint Eastwood
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Glenn Knickerbocker filted:
Why does the discussion of fish, more than any other topic, give rise to puns?

I'd blame Kip Adotta's "Wet Dream" song, but Abbott and Costello were going on about the "Fish Market Murder, or, ... Halibut" thirty-some years earlier. Of course, maybe any prominent example is a red herring, and it's really just a fluke.

I heard an interview once with Adotta in which he said that the whole routine started with a single joke:
Q: "What's your sign?"
A: "Aquarium."
Q: "Great! Let's go get tanked!"
..r

A pessimist sees the glass as half empty.
An optometrist asks whether you see the glass
more full like this?...or like this?
A fish friar would also help.

I expect he'd be good at handling a cod piece.

The piece of cod that passeth all understanding?

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But to fully enjoy monkfish requires the services of a chipmunk.

A fish friar would also help.

And the standard name for a chip shop near a monastery (remains or site of) is "Abbey Friar".
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q="abbey+friar "

hmm: sounds like the same DLL hell problem my cousin had. try deleting all DLLs in your Windows/system32 directory and see what happens. (Bryce Utting)
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But to fully enjoy monkfish requires the services of a chipmunk.

I thought chipmunks passed their time in rest and quietness seeking the piece of cod which passeth all understanding.

It's gotta be quietude or quiet, Dude.

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Ian wrote on Mon, 15 Jun 2009 18:46:12 +0100:

Orcas (killer whales) associate in pods too but I suppose they are really very large dophins. I don't really know what the official difference is between a dolphin and a whale and I will let others, more knowledgeable in taxonomy, inform me if they wish.

For what it's worth, orcas' noses feel like wet balloons.

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I thought chipmunks passed their time in rest and quietness seeking the piece of cod which passeth all understanding.

It's gotta be quietude or quiet, Dude.

The word has been in daily use by millions of people for at least
350 years, especially in the Collect for Peace in the BCP order forEvening Prayer.
OED (Draft revision March 2009) has:
quietness, n.

1. The state or condition of being quiet (in various senses of theadjective); absence of noise or disturbance; calmness, tranquillity; integrity, freedom from legal restrictions (obs.).
2. As a count noun: a quiet state or condition; an absence of noiseor disturbance; a calmness, a tranquillity.
The latest quotation is from the Coburg, Ont., /Daily Star/ 2006.

I wanted to write that OED has no entry for "gotta", but sadly it has. The earliest quotation is from, of all people, Buchan, 1924. Evan can probably improve on that, too.
It also has the following for "dude":
U.S.

1. A name given in ridicule to a man affecting an exaggeratedfastidiousness in dress, speech, and deportment...
Noel
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It's gotta be quietude or quiet, Dude.

The word has been in daily use by millions of people for at least 350 years, especially in the Collect ... "dude": U.S. 1. A name given in ridicule to a man affecting an exaggerated fastidiousness in dress, speech, and deportment...

I admire your research, but have a comment or two, in my fashion.

First, I know quietness is okay. I was just feeling a bit manic, that's all.
The quietude - quiet, Dude comment was just whimsical. I have no other excuse.
The definition of "dude" is definitely out of date. I can't describe the modern usage adequately myself, but it was used by certain people of a certain generation for a number of years simply to distinguish themselves as modern, I think. A fellow I used to work with called everybody "Dude" as a matter of habit.

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