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Ok? I have kissed a dog before but never a codfish! Neither my Mom, Aunt Agnes nor Uncle Ray have ever told me of such a ceremony before, so I decided to look into this further.
What I found was, that this type of ceremony must be conducted by a "True Newfoundlander", (someone born in Newfoundland) who may dress up like a Fisherman to conduct the ceremony. Honorees start with a shot of Newfoundland Screech then learn and recite some Newfoundland verbiage that goes like so. I have included it's translation for you, as well.
"Deed I", - ( Indeed, I am )
"Me Old Cock", - ( An Olde English term of endearment, meaning Buddy or Friend )
"Long may your Big Jib Draw!" - A Mariner's term meaning Good Luck - May there always be wind in your sails!
Once you have mastered this verse, (and they won't let you continue until you have),
then comes the kissing of a real Cod Fish!
If you do everything right, you will then be given a official certificate making you a "Honorary Newfoundlander!"
Helen states this is a very controversial ceremony, some embrace it, others consider it derogatory. Usually a great bit of fun! and most tourist enjoy it.
Something tells me, I better start practicing!