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Crabbing Lingo

Rob calls from the Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia to discuss the lingo of crabbing. A male blue crab is a jimmy, and a female is called a sook, a silk, or sow. A crab that’s unsuitable for market because its flesh isn’t firm, it’s...

Crab Crackers Misunderstanding

Sometimes children misunderstand language with hilarious results. But sometimes even adults can be tripped up by homonyms. Working behind the seafood counter in a supermarket, John from San Diego, California, had some embarrassing miscommunications...

ghost pot

ghost pot  n.— «The commission has purchased side-scanning radars, installed the equipment onto watermen’s boats, trained them on how to use the devices, and turned them loose in search of lost traps, also known as ghost pots...

sea-hab

sea-hab  n.— «Some crab fishermen refer to their time offshore as “sea-hab.”» —“Commercial Fishermen, Battling the Elements Between Commercials” by Charles McGrath in Unalaska, Alaska New York Times Apr...

docu-soap

docu-soap  n.— «Beers, who often narrates his own shows, has found a winning formula for his “docu-soaps,” as he calls them. His series typically profile men with blue-collar jobs, such as crab fishermen, truckers, Texas oil wildcatters...

crab

crab  n.— «According to Parker, it didn’t take him and Davis long to spot some “crabs”—a derogatory term for Crips—who were easily identified by their “flags,” or blue bandannas.» —“In Durham, ‘Everybody needs...