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    Post it was very snappy indeed

    From Shell-shocked: Carp fisherman catches Mississippi snapping turtle in British lake | Mail Online

    In the text below, what do the words in bold mean?


    When fisherman Drew Hammonds saw a spiky armour-plated creature at the end of his line, he made a snap decision.
    He dropped his rod and started to run. But after a quick look back he realised he had landed a snapping turtle.
    And being so far from its native U.S., it was very snappy indeed.

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    Re: it was very snappy indeed

    This is a pun. A 'snap decision' is made 'on the spur of the moment'. "Snappy" can have a related meaning - quickly: 'Get me some paper, and make it snappy' - the "it" is the process of fetching the paper, not the paper itself.

    In the newspaper article though, "snappy" is used to mean 'of such a kind that it keeps trying to bite things'. I'm not sure whether any dictionary would have this sense of "snappy", but I've met it in a rather surreal joke about a crocodile sandwich!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    In the newspaper article though, "snappy" is used to mean 'of such a kind that it keeps trying to bite things'. I'm not sure whether any dictionary would have this sense of "snappy", but I've met it in a rather surreal joke about a crocodile sandwich! b
    After an exhaustive search. From ARTFL Project: Webster Dictionary, 1913
    Snappy

    Snap"py (?), a. Snappish. [Colloq.]


    Snappish

    Snap"pish (?), a. 1. Apt to snap at persons or things; eager to bite; as, a snapping cur.
    2. Sharp in reply; apt to speak angrily or testily; easily provoked; tart; peevish.
    The taunting address of a snappish missanthrope. Jeffrey.
    -- Snap"pish*ly, adv. -- Snap"pish*ness, n.


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    Re: it was very snappy indeed

    That's a pretty old dictionary. This is more up to date: snappy - Wiktionary

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    #5

    Re: it was very snappy indeed

    He may have been a fisherman, but there's no need to carp about it.


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