Holy Moses, What a Job
DESCRIPTION: Children's fishing rhyme: "Holy Moses, what a job! Catching conners by the gob."
EARLIEST DATE: 1984 (Tizzard)
KEYWORDS: nonballad fishing
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: Aubrey M. Tizzard, _On Sloping Ground Reminiscences of Outport Life In Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland_ (edited by J. D. A. Widdowson), Breakwater Books, 1984, p. 176, "(Holy Moses, what a job!)" (1 short text)
NOTES [78 words]: According to G. M. Story, W. J. Kirwin, and J. D. A. Widdowson, editors, Dictionary of Newfoundland English, second edition with supplement, Breakwater Press, 1990, p. 112, a "conner," also "cunner," was "The blue perch (Tautogolabrus aspersus), a bottom-feeding fish of inshore waters, esp. common around wharves and stages." This agrees with Tizzard's own description. There is also a verb "to connor," which is to catch connors; thus this is a connoring rhyme. - RBW
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