mackerel-snapper love



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  • I think it probably had to do with the sound of the word more than anything else.

    You know, I don't know whether I've ever tried either one of those fish....Am I a bad Catholic?

    March 12, 2008

  • I get the "fish-eater" thing, but I don't know why non-Catholics wouldn't want mackerel--evidenced by the use of the term in a disparaging phrase. (Or wouldn't want snapper, for that matter.) It's damn good. Guess if someone wants to make fun, that means there's more fish for the rest of us.

    March 12, 2008

  • I have, unfortunately. Eesh.

    I believe it originated earlier than that, though, or at least Wikipedia says so.

    March 12, 2008

  • Apparently an old (early part of 20th century?) anti-Catholic slur, though I've never heard it before.

    Evan Thomas, "He Knew He Was Right," Newsweek, March 10, 2008, p. 28.

    March 12, 2008