Examples of fish
Examples of fish
Where does fish come from?
Fish has been used as prison slang for new inmates dating back to 1872. The term’s origin isn’t exactly clear, but it apparently likens new prisoners to fish fresh out of the water. One theory has claimed that inmates were issued uniforms with their inmate numbers stamped with an ink that smelled fishy when wet.
Fish for new inmates shouldn’t be confused with another prison slang term, fishing. This refers to using a string to pass contraband items between cells in a manner similar to casting a fishing line.
Security update. Spot check by prison security staff found this. Did you spot it? Blue in color cable placed over the wall. Drops down into inmate holding area and being used as a 'fishing line' to move contraband. Corrective action taken. #safeprisons pic.twitter.com/islbBC3qfE
— Seychelles Prison Service (@SeychellePrison) October 29, 2018
Fish is also slang in the drag community…but it doesn’t imply freshness. Instead, it alludes to the popular belief that vaginas can smell fishy, and it refers to a drag queen who looks so much like a cisgender woman that you can smell fish.
Who uses fish?
Both prisoners and prison staff may use fish to belittle new, first-time inmates. It has appeared in popular media, including the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption, as well as in a 2005 episode of the TV show Prison Break, which contains the fan favorite line “Welcome to Prisneyland, fish.”
In drag culture, fish is a compliment, but, elsewhere, likening a person’s vagina to a fish is typically considered offensive.
Fish have never been sentenced to prison.
— Fish Facts (@yourfishfacts) December 13, 2018