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Kissing a Cod Fish (Or a Puffin's Arse)

Otherwise Known as Getting "Screeched In"

By Cathy holmesPublished 3 months ago 1 min read
My sister-in-law with a cod she caught. She would kiss it later. Photo used with permission from Vocal creator Gerald Holmes

While out on a George Street pub crawl,

met a man with a thick southern drawl.

He downed a Screech shot,

then French-kissed a cod,

and yelled “long may your big jib draw.”


In my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, visitors (known locally as Mainlanders or Come-from-aways) are invited to become Honorary Newfoundlanders by partaking in a ceremony called “Screeched In.”

The ceremony involves drinking a shot of a dark rum called Newfoundland Screech, kissing a cod fish on the lips (or in some cases a rubber or stuffed puffin, Newfoundland’s provincial bird, is used when cod is not available), and reciting a pledge in a question/answer format. Here’s an example:

Is ya a Newfoundlander?

Yes, by’

Is ya a Screecher?

Indeed I is, me ol' cock! And long may yer big jib draw

(May you have good fortune)

The ceremony can be performed anywhere, but quite often is held at one of the many pubs on George Street in St. John’s, famously (or infamously) know as being the street with the most bars per square foot anywhere in North America.

So come for a visit, get yourself screeched in, and long may your big jib draw.

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About the Creator

Cathy holmes

Canadian family girl with a recently discovered love for writing. Other loves include animals and sports.

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  • Dana Stewart3 months ago

    This one is bank!

  • Wow, never knew this! So fascinating! Awesome limerick!

  • JBaz3 months ago

    Don't do it the Screech is in human. Kissing the cod is ok.

  • Caroline Jane3 months ago


  • Nikki Clam3 months ago

    Really keen to visit, I loved it!🥰

  • Gina C.3 months ago

    I love the story aspect of this! So interesting! Awesome job! ❤️

  • Holly Pheni3 months ago

    This is fun and also interesting! Nice job!

  • Jordan Twiss3 months ago

    I love that this one tells a whole story. Well done!

  • Eugenette Morin3 months ago

    loved your imagery :-)

  • Scott Wade3 months ago

    Lived in Goose Bay Labrador as a kid. Think I was too young but maybe my parents were screeched in. 😂. Great limerick. 🥰

  • Heather Hubler3 months ago

    I loved every word of this and the background behind it!!! Now I want to come visit! Great work, queen.

  • Misty Rae3 months ago

    I've actually never been screeched in! Also, I'm not kissing a fish, just saying. I'll eat the cod, I won't kiss it. This was awesome!

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Fantastic!!! Lve it and the background info!!!💖💖💕

  • aly suhail3 months ago

    cod is great, especially in fish and chips.

  • Screech me baby! Screech me!!! Bring that ol' cod on!!!

  • Donna Renee3 months ago

    Whoa! That was a great one and the explanatory information was fascinating!!! I also think this is the best and most intriguing title I’ve seen on all of vocal 😁

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