scrod

scrod

[skrod]
noun
a young Atlantic codfish or haddock, especially one split for cooking.
Also, schrod.


Origin:
1835–45, Americanism; origin uncertain

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scrod (skrɒd)
 
n
(US) a young cod or haddock, esp one split and prepared for cooking
 
[C19: perhaps from obsolete Dutch schrood, from Middle Dutch schrodeshred (n); the name perhaps refers to the method of preparing the fish for cooking]

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scrod
1841, "young cod, split and fried or boiled," possibly from Du. schrood "piece cut off," from M.Du. scrode "shred" (cf. O.E. screade, see shred). If this is the origin, the notion is probably of fish cut into pieces for drying or cooking.
A Boston brahmin is on a business trip to Philadelphia. In search of dinner, and hungry for that Boston favorite, broiled scrod, he hops into a cab and asks the driver, "My good man, take me someplace where I can get scrod." The cabbie replies, "Pal, that's the first time I've ever been asked that in the passive pluperfect subjunctive."
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