Why do people say "tuna fish?" (and other such questions)

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    After all, you don’t say “herring fish” or “salmon fish,” do you?

    If you have any such questions (judge that for yourself), feel free

    to post them in this thread.

    #1058821

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
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    Off the top of my head:

    Mayim Acharonim vasser.

    Good Yom Tov

    Bad headache

    Criminal lawyer

    #1058822

    It’s because when You say tuna, it’s not for sure that You are referring to the fish, You might be talking about the canned stuff

    #1058823

    Daya Zooger
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    Bad headache as opposed to mild headache. Basically you’re picking in a colloquial usage of the adjective “bad” as meaning intense.

    Criminal lawyer in contrast with a lawyer that deals with legalities such as to ensure a document is binding.

    #1058824

    Daya Zooger
    Member

    Liquid cash

    Cash money

    Challah bread

    Pita bread

    grocery store

    chamisha chomshei torah

    Sofer sta”m (I assume that every sofer is qualified for sta”m, hence stam sofer would imply sofer sta”m…)

    #1058825

    zahavasdad
    Participant

    Liquid cash means you have the money to spend now, illiquid assets means you own something valuable but you cannot easily get the cash for it (ie Real Estate)

    #1058826

    ☕️coffee addict
    Participant

    dz,

    soferim write gittim too, hence a stam sofer could be a sofrei gittim

    #1058827

    BoruchSchwartz
    Participant

    EIN number

    #1058828

    ☕️coffee addict
    Participant

    secondly,

    in most of these arent redundant they describe the noun

    #1058829

    Little Froggie
    Participant

    Why people say tuna fish. One reason would be ’cause they want it. Unless they’re from Novardok, then they’ll ask for nails and you’d have to understand it’s tuna fish that they want.

    #1058830

    Daya Zooger
    Member

    Baruch: that applies to VIN and PIN as well. Good one!

    #1058831

    Daya Zooger
    Member

    Addict: 1stly, could be, but stam sofer in the common vernacular (in other words: stam) denotes soferei sta”m.

    2ndly, even if they are not redundant, they most certainly are superfluous. Just like tuna fish. Make sure that you’re in the right thread….

    #1058832

    theprof1
    Participant

    because they want to mean kosher tuna which is a fish in contrast to the treif tuna which are related to dolphins and arent “fish”.

    Actually its an idiosyncracy of the language.

    #1058833

    ubiquitin
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    This thread Reminds me of the old joke:

    Guy puts up a sign “Fresh Fish sold Here”

    Somebody walks over to him and says obviously there Fresh saying Fresh seems like your hiding something.

    So he changes it to “Fish Sold Here”

    Someone else says of course they are here where else would they be?

    So he changes the sign to “Fish Sold”

    To which somebody says, ofc ourse you are selling them who would think you arwe giving them away

    So the guy changes the sign to “Fish”

    Finnaly sombody says No need for that, everybody can smell it.

    So he gets rid of the sign

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