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A question for Canadians

What is Screech?

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curtana
Oct. 26th, 2003 09:47 am (UTC)
Screech is Newfoundland's national (er, you know what I mean) drink. I've never had it, but I'm given to understand it's basically rum, consumed straight, and that it is reputed to taste ungodly. :)
owlfish
Oct. 26th, 2003 01:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the answer. I was greatly amused to see replies from both you and your husband within a minute of each other. You were probably even in the same apartment at the time.
curtana
Oct. 26th, 2003 02:08 pm (UTC)
We were :) I'm just glad I beat him to it!
forthright
Oct. 26th, 2003 09:48 am (UTC)
Screech
http://www.geocities.com/sky_lar/nfldscreech.html

It is a kind of rum of dubious quality that is consumed primarily in Newfoundland. No one in their right mind would really want to drink it, except to have the privilege of claiming that one had done so.

owlfish
Oct. 26th, 2003 09:57 am (UTC)
Re: Screech
Thank you - that explains why I hadn't heard of it, but why it could be called quintessentially Canadian - at least quintessential of particular Canadians.

The ambient rituals associated with it must be part of what's perpetuated its identity.
cwjat
Oct. 27th, 2003 06:41 am (UTC)
screeched in
Another important quality of screech is the role it plays in the Newfoundland tradition of 'screeching in' people from away. Basically, the person from away has to go through a series of actions, including kissing the posterior of a puffin and eating the head of a small fish (sorry I can't remember the exact name). The whole event is finished by the consumption of a shot of screech. Screech is indeed rum. It's a dark rum that was traditionally brought in from the Caribbean and is quite strong. My sister loves screech and everytime we go to the Rock we have to bring back some real Newfoundland Screech, though you can get it in most liquor stores in Canada. I've never tried screech and I've never been screeched in, even though I have been to Newfoundland.
owlfish
Oct. 27th, 2003 08:40 pm (UTC)
Re: screeched in
So now that I'm educated in what screech and screech culture is about, what other crucial points of Canadiana am I missing out on?
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