We’re all familiar with basic Bostonese—you know, “wicked ah-some” or "I'm pah-kin' the cah"—but for the fishermen of Wicked Tuna, they’ve developed a vernacular all their own. From "squeaker" (pronounced: "squeakah") to "googans" (pronounced with disdain), we figured you might need a glossary to get you through this show.
Definition: Of exceptional quality, very, super
Example: "Tuna fishing is wicked hard."
Definition: Either very good or very bad
Example: "Did you see that? Wicked pisser!"
noun [sla- rid]
Definition: The event of being dragged by another boat after becoming entangled
Example: "That boat's about to go on the Nantucket sleigh ride."
transitive verb [sn?-g?l]
Definition: To anchor one's boat in close proximity to another (successful) boat
Example: "Let's just snuggle up next to Dave."
noun or verb [ch?m]
Definition: Chopped fish thrown overboard to attract other fish
Example: "These fish are all up in the chum!"
noun pl [se-rats]
Definition: Sea birds
Example: "Goddamn sea rats are eating all our chum."
noun pl [güg-?ns]
Definition: Fishermen who are not professional; aka weekend warriors; part-timers; tourists
Example: "Goddamn googans, they're all over the place this weekend."
noun pl [n?m-b?rz]
Definition: GPS coordinates where a fishing boat strategically anchors
Example: "That goddamn googan is sitting on my numbers!"
Definition: A fishing boat that uses a trawl or dragnet
Example: "What the hell is that dragger doing getting so close?"
Definition: A fish that qualifies under the fishing quotas
Example: "If the fish is big enough, he's a keeper."
Definition: A fish that just barely qualifies under the fishing quotas
Example: "Seventy-four inches? That's a squeaker!"
Definition: A fish that bleeds
Example: "We got a bleeder!"
Definition: A weight used on the end of a fishing line
Example: "I need a 20-ounce sinker!"
Definition: A really big fish
Example: "Holy s***, that's a cow!