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.

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕

    Off the top of my head:

    Mayim Acharonim vasser.

    Good Yom Tov

    Bad headache

    Criminal lawyer


    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

    Daya Zooger

    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.

    Daya Zooger

    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…)


    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)

    ☕️coffee addict


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


    EIN number

    ☕️coffee addict


    in most of these arent redundant they describe the noun

    Little Froggie

    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.

    Daya Zooger

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

    Daya Zooger

    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….


    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.


    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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