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    #1

    smutty

    Hi,

    could you please tell me what "smutty" means in the following sentence:

    Who is going to catch the giant smutty spit-nosed fish?

    Thanks a lot!

    Hanka


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    #2

    Re: smutty

    "Smutty" usually means slightly dirty. It could also mean spotty.


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    #3

    Re: smutty

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    "Smutty" usually means slightly dirty. It could also mean spotty.
    And does "smutty" here refer to "fish" or "spit" or could it be both? Or could it refer to the colour shades of the fish?


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    #4

    Re: smutty

    Since I think it is a made-up name, I am guessing that it is a description of the fish's appearance!

    So it is the Great Smutty Spit-nosed Fish as opposed to the Lesser Smutty Spit-nosed Fish.


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    #5

    Re: smutty

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanka View Post
    Hi,

    could you please tell me what "smutty" means in the following sentence:

    Who is going to catch the giant smutty spit-nosed fish?

    Thanks a lot!

    Hanka
    Was there more context surrounding this sentence, Hanka?


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    #6

    Re: smutty

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    Was there more context surrounding this sentence, Hanka?
    Just this:
    The race goes on for the points. The teams do everything for the success. Who´s going to catch the giant smutty spit-nosed fish?


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    #7

    Re: smutty

    It is a conceptual prize.


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    #8

    Re: smutty

    Conceptual prize? What does that mean?
    They are supposed to catch a swordfish.


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    #9

    Re: smutty

    With that information, it now seems that the author has come up with a facetious name for the swordfish, which are usually a grey colour, which would explain "smutty", and spit-nosed describes the bony lance on the front of its head.

    Is the rest of the text similarly facetious?


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    #10

    Re: smutty

    It could be ... I think you are right. It just uses other words for a giant grey fish with a long bill

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