A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 25, 2016
“Where can I get scrod?” (joke)

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikipedia: Scrod
Scrod or schrod (/ˈskrɒd/) is any of various whitefish, such as young cod or haddock, that are prepared and eaten as food; often the preparation involves the whitefish being split and boned before cooking. Historically, scrod was a feature on menus associated with elegant New England dining; young cod are the mainstay on modern menus presenting the fish, and it is a staple in many coastal New England and Atlantic Canadian seafood and fish markets, and at many restaurants. The term “scrod” may derive from the Dutch schrod, implying cutting or shredding, or from Cornish scrawed, where it connotes splitting and drying of the fish (though a variety of apocryphal acronyms and origins have been suggested for the term). A method of preparation of scrod that appears historically, as early as the 19th century, is scrawing, which involves a drying step before the fish are broiled or otherwise cooked.

Google Books
Volume 80
Pg. 72
Here’s to old Boston,
Home of the bean and the cod.
Where the Kennedys always get caviar
And the McCormacks only get scrod.

Google Books
Words on Words:
A Dictionary for Writers and Others Who Care about Words

By John B. Bremner
New York, NY: Columbia University Press
Pg. 71:
A fish-starved Nebraskan arrived in Boston and asked a cab driver “Where can I get scrod around here?” Replied the cabby: “How delightful to hear the pluperfect subjunctive!”

Google Books
What’s the Good Word?
By William Safire
New York, NY: Avon
1983, ©1982
Pg. 32:
Boston tourist: Excuse me, Officer, can you tell me where to get scrod?
Policeman: I’ve heard that question asked a hundred times before, but never in the pluperfect subjunctive.

Google Books
A Few Words
By Laurence F McNamee and Kent Biffle
Dallas, TX: Taylor Pub. Company
Pg. 68:
Visitor from Boston: “I say there, where can I get scrod around here?”
Policeman: “Where are you from, Jack? I’ve heard the word a hundred times, but this is the first time in the pluperfect subjunctive. “

MONDAY, JUL 1, 2013 07:15 PM EDT
The 10 nerdiest jokes of all time
Courtesy of a Reddit thread, these will make you the toast of your next philosophy study group

5. Tense mood? Break the ice:

“A man is on his first visit to Boston, and he wants to try some of that delicious New England seafood that he’d long heard about. So he gets into a cab, and asks the driver, ‘Can you take me to where I can get scrod?’ The driver replies, ‘I’ve heard that question a thousand time, but never in the pluperfect subjunctive.’”
Bob B Jul 2, 2013
For the record, the scrod joke appeared in Playboy magazine back in the sixties.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, February 25, 2016 • Permalink