Getting Screeched In

I’ve witnessed this ceremony several times

at Maxwells Night Club in Pasadena

and other times in St.John’s where the

leader is wearing a Souwester and

holding an ugly stick and a bottle

of Black Horse beer

during the dinner shows that

are put on for tourists and friends

No matter how many times I see it

I always think that the visitors are

most amazed when they have to

chugalug the screech without a chaser

and then kiss the cod fish

I wonder if they had never heard

of the ceremony before would they

be so eager to down that ungodly drink

or kiss a fish that was the backbone of our

economy for so many years

Anyone visiting Newfoundland who

hasn’t bought a Newfoundland Dictionary to decipher

might have trouble trying to speak like one
of us, especially “Hows ya doin, me ole cock?
and long may your big jib draw!” and perhaps
has no idea what the person is saying

I’ve seen bologna handed out and

peppermint knobs as well, after the downing
of the screech.

Most would agree that it is harmless
unless you are a teetotaller or allergic to fish!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB2z15vfUMs

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About Newfoundland Traveller

I'm a Newfoundlander with a love of reading, writing and travelling. I've travelled around our province and lived in four provinces of Canada. I love a good book and a good blog. My family means the world to me, and some day I hope to travel to many countries of the world with my husband and sons' families.
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