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Old 06-05-2013, 09:08 AM   #1
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why do people call it sea bass ?


sorry not sure where else to find this answer...

why do people usually refer to sea bass while ordering at a restaurant or something (instead of the shortened bass).

is there some sort of land bass that i'm not aware of ?; air bass (space bass) ?
 
Old 06-05-2013, 09:27 AM   #2
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bass would mean "increase the bass in any multimedia equipment".
 
Old 06-05-2013, 09:34 AM   #3
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Sea bass as opposed to fresh-water bass.
 
Old 06-05-2013, 01:10 PM   #4
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thanks gnashley... so sea-water is always salt-water.
 
Old 06-05-2013, 07:41 PM   #5
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Yes, "sea bass" is an ocean fish, just as "sea trout" is an ocean fish.
 
Old 06-05-2013, 07:47 PM   #6
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Sea Bass is my nickname for my cat (His name is Sebastian).
 
Old 06-05-2013, 08:26 PM   #7
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It is a type of Grouper.
 
Old 06-06-2013, 07:57 AM   #8
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Quote:
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Yes, "sea bass" is an ocean fish, just as "sea trout" is an ocean fish.
now i'm being facetious. thats even more confusing; they dont even swim in seas (they swim in oceans).

seriously, never heard of them being referred to as sea trout before (is that because there is no such thing as fresh water trout ?)

i dont eat seafood; probably the reason i am ignorant in such matters.

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Old 06-06-2013, 05:12 PM   #9
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they dont even swim in seas (they swim in oceans).
(Grin) as in the "I sailed the seven oceans"?

I think to some extent this sort of terminology is regional. I grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Sea, and "sea trout" was a common term there.
 
Old 06-07-2013, 10:08 AM   #10
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A sea is smaller than an ocean. Think of a sea as a kind of "sub ocean" or region. For example the Sargasso is a sea region of the Atlantic (Ocean), the Arabian Sea is in the Indian Ocean and the Bering Sea is in the Pacific.
 
Old 06-07-2013, 04:48 PM   #11
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I think this nit has been sufficiently split.
 
Old 06-08-2013, 10:57 AM   #12
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Splitting hairs
Picking nits
 
Old 06-08-2013, 11:13 AM   #13
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Because "Lance Bass" was taken.
 
Old 06-08-2013, 11:25 AM   #14
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In many countries the names they call fish or other products are a result of market testing. A type of fish that was called by some name in 1950 may now have a new name to try to encourage shoppers to try it. Calling a fish sea bass or whitefish may be easier for shoppers to try.

In reality the fish ought to be sold as exactly what fish they are. I'd suspect that a dna test of the fish in a local store would result in some very different than marked results.
 
Old 06-08-2013, 07:04 PM   #15
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jefro speaks true. http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2013/02/21/...d-fraud-study/

but I don't think it has anything to do with "sea trout." I do think that that is a truly vernacular usage.

Mahi-mahi is one example of a marketing name for a fish. It used to be called "dolphin fish" (no relation to porpoises). If you read Kon-Tiki (and, if you haven't, you should), there are frequent references to eating "dolphin," by which they mean the fish, not the mammal.

They came up with mahi-mahi because of Flipper.

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