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Re: Slang term "my trout"

Posted by Shae on March 03, 2003

In Reply to: Re: Slang term "my trout" posted by Patty on March 01, 2003

: : : : Sorry (LOL) I posted this wrong. Srart, again.......

: : : : There is a regional slang phrase or term in which someone may call someone with whom he is acquainted (well acquainted?) "my trout" (or "me trout"). It is from the Atlantic maritime region, meaning Newfoundland, Maine, NovaScotia, etc.

: : : : I should say I'm not sure I have heard this correctly, but I believe I have! Curious thing to call someone.

: : : : Anyone know just what is meant and also how the term originated. Thanks. - Patty

: : : It's unfamiiar to me, but perhaps it's related to the Arcadian (transplanted to Louisiana cajun) "ma tout." (My all.) Clifton Chenier (sp?) had a catchy, popular Zydeco song called "Ma Tout Tout."

: : 'Me oul' trout' and 'sound as a trout' are used occasionally here (Ireland) to describe a dependable person. I've no idea of the origin though.

: I believe this may be the key! A lot of the Maritime North-American folks are Irish-Scot-Welsh in background. So why is a trout considered dependable? - Patty

I've no idea. Results of a Google search for "sound as a trout" indicate that the phrase also means 'in the best of health.'