Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hunting for fish

The words hunting and fishing go together like salt and pepper, love and marriage, yueng and ling.

A person who participates in the activity of hunting is called a hunter.

A person who participates in the activity of fishing is called a fisherman.

Why the difference?

There was a push back in the late fifties and early sixties—among the cap donning, pipe smoking, bongo slapping beatnik crowd—to switch to fishercat, but that didn’t go for the ride, Big Daddy-O.



I think it’s about time to eliminate the inconsistency and gender confusion by going with fisher.

“What does she do for a living?”

“She’s a commercial fisher.”

“She fishes for commercials?”

“No. She hunts for fish as a commerce kind of thing. That’s not right…”

“Oh. You mean she’s a fisherman.”

“Right.”

“Shoulda just said so.”

Copyright 2010 Randy Hunt

1 comment:

  1. Mr. Hunt Most women who fish would like to be called a fishing LADY or fisherwomen. Fishercat may be ok in some circles, but that refers to a species of animal , although rare in nature, we do have some local to Sandwich. They can get real nasty when they are on the prowl

    Carl Johansen

    A concerned citizen of FISHING Men and Women.

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