View Poll Results: Crayfish, crawfish, crawdads or mudbugs?
Crayfish 29 26.13%
Crawfish 44 39.64%
Crawdads 35 31.53%
Mudbugs 3 2.70%
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:11 PM
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Crayfish, crawfish, crawdads, or mudbugs?

What do you call them. All my life I'd called them crayfish. When I went to New Orleans one year, I noticed they were calling them either crawfish or crawdads. recently I heard mudbugs. I have never heard anyone in the south calling them crayfish. Recently, I made a wonderful fish chowder with catfish and crayfish, but not wanting to give away my liberal eastern heritage, I tried very hard to call them crawdads. It felt very wrong.

What do you call them?
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:13 PM
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Any of the first 3 would not have been too uncommon where I grew up. But I picked Crayfish.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:16 PM
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Rivierkreeft (straight translation: river lobster - that is, roughly, fresh water lobster). They're becoming slightly popular - as food - in the Netherlands after the damming of the Zuiderzee (see also IJsselmeer).

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Old 12-16-2010, 08:17 PM
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IMO:

Crayfish: This person has never seen an Astacoidea in real life, only boiled on their $25 Crayfish-and-Lobster plate. Probably likes foreign films and book larning.

Crawfish: Makes a living catching crawfish in a Louisiana swamp or somewhere else in the south. Eats them raw by cracking the shell with his one remaining tooth.

Crawdad: Happy medium, other parts of the country. I hope me not having a stereotype doesn't give myself away too much.

Mudbug: Haven't heard this too often. I assume someone's folksy grandpa.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:24 PM
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IMO:

Crayfish: This person has never seen an Astacoidea in real life, only boiled on their $25 Crayfish-and-Lobster plate. Probably likes foreign films and book larning.
you could very well be right about everything else, but crayfish do in fact live up north. We fished them out of the stream in the chicago area regularly. We don't generally consider them food though. I have no idea why. They are quite tasty.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:30 PM
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being from the suburbs of the south, i call them crawfish, and the hill people from the western part of the state call them "crawdads"
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:32 PM
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Crawdads. I'm in Texas and grew up occasionally catching bucketfuls of them in creeks using a push net.
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:04 PM
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I call them delicious!

I remember a very funny episode of The Beverly Hillbillies when Granny is getting a care-package from Pearl that are the crawdads in "Crik"-water.

One of the early B/W episodes which were much funnier than the later colorized episodes.
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:10 PM
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Crawdad. Like the magazine.
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People here call them crayfish because that's what the pet stores label them as. I realize they're edible, but I've never seen them on a menu, probably because lobsters more than fill that culinary niche.

I've heard people - in movies and books set in the south - call them crawdads, but not crawfish or mudbugs.
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:30 PM
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Texan here. I voted for "crawfish". I bet Houstonians could fill the Canyon Diablo crater with shells after crawfish season. I called them "crawdads" when I was a kid. I don't know when I switched terms, but "crawdads" sounds kinda kiddish and cutesy to me now.

As kids we used to catch them with fish aquarium nets in the creek behind the public golf course. I've developed an allergy to them (and other shellfish) in adulthood. I haven't eaten one in years. I have to eat before going crawfish boils. I miss the communal ritual of eating them at boils.

To me "crayfish" is a formal or scientific name for the creature and not a name people usually use in relation to food. Sorta like the word "legume".

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Old 12-16-2010, 09:33 PM
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Crawdads. I'm in Texas and grew up occasionally catching bucketfuls of them in creeks using a push net.
Crawdads or crawdaddies is what we used to call them when I was growing up (also in Texas). Today, most people around here seem to call them crawfish or mudbugs.
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:38 PM
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I voted "crawfish," although I think I grew up with "crayfish." It's hard to tell, because pretty much everyone I know refers to them as "crawfish" now, as that's what they're called in Cajun/Creole/New Orleans cuisine restaurants.
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:44 PM
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Another Texas person weighing in. I use crawfish, but I've heard crawdads abundantly.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:16 PM
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I learned as an adult that they were called crawfish... and that they are delicious.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:37 PM
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Plenty of crawdads to be found here in Colorado, and they are mighty good eatin'. One night while crawdadding at Blue Mesa Reservoir, I had to explain to a Colorado state park ranger what I was doing -- he'd never heard of it before.
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:06 PM
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Minnesota here. We had crawdads in the lake where I grew up. When the water tables rose, they disappeared. Mainly, they were awfully small to bother cooking and eating, but my father thought they were great for scaring people - he would hide them in our beach towels.
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:35 PM
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Crawdads are what we caught in the creek behind the house when we were kids.

Crayfish is what I ordered in a fancy restaurant.

Mudbugs is the name of the local Cajun place that according to their menu serves Crawfish.
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Old 12-17-2010, 12:24 AM
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They're sold as dissection specimens in the biological supply catalogs as crayfish. Therefore, they're crayfish.
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Old 12-17-2010, 12:31 AM
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Crawdads if I find them in the creek. Crawfish if I'm eating them.
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Old 12-17-2010, 12:46 AM
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you could very well be right about everything else, but crayfish do in fact live up north. We fished them out of the stream in the chicago area regularly.
Likewise. I call them crayfish and use to catch them in the local Chicago suburban creeks and ponds all the time.
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:41 AM
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Lots of them here in Oregon, I call them crawdads. Jake's Famous Crawfish in Portland has been serving them for 110 years.

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Old 12-17-2010, 03:03 AM
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Crawfish: Makes a living catching crawfish in a Louisiana swamp or somewhere else in the south. Eats them raw by cracking the shell with his one remaining tooth.


Bigotry is an ugly thing.

I have called them crawfish my entire life. As do most residents of my part of the world. You might be amazed to learn that we also have indoor plumbing, electricity, and often wear shoes.

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Old 12-17-2010, 03:32 AM
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We call them yabbies, and they are blue.
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:44 AM
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IMO:

Crayfish: This person has never seen an Astacoidea in real life, only boiled on their $25 Crayfish-and-Lobster plate. Probably likes foreign films and book larning.
Depends where you live. Here in the UK, they're crayfish - that's just what they're called. I've caught, cooked and eaten them quite a few times (link).

If I called them crawfish here, people would probably say "you mean crayfish?". I do like foreign films though, and my book learning means that if I ever visit a place where they're called something else, I'll try to use the local name.
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:53 AM
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Interesting thing about the name is that the 'fish' part of the word didn't always mean fish. The name comes from a Germanic root from which we also get the word 'crab' (and going a little further back, we also get 'scarab' (the beetle))

http://etymonline.com/index.php?term=crayfish
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Usually call them crawdads but sometimes I'll use crayfish.
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Old 12-17-2010, 06:53 AM
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Yeah, I caught them in PA in my youth - those little bastards have quite a pinch - and we called them Crayfish.
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:03 AM
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Every name except Mudbugs.
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:18 AM
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Treif.
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:21 AM
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New Zealander - crayfish
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:25 AM
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Here, we mostly say "crawfish."

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Old 12-17-2010, 08:34 AM
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Crayfish. We used to catch (and release) them in a lake in northeastern Pennsylvania we swam in every summer. They seem to have died out (or at least become so scarce they're too difficult to find) since my childhood - probably a result of overdevelopment around the lake screwing up the ecosystem.
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:35 AM
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UK: crayfish
When I lived in Texas (the first time I'd encountered them): crawdads
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Bigotry is an ugly thing.

I have called them crawfish my entire life. As do most residents of my part of the world. You might be amazed to learn that we also have indoor plumbing, electricity, and often wear shoes.

...It's a joke.

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Treif.
Mmm... bacon wrapped craw/cray/fish/dad.
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:15 AM
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I spell "crayfish" but pronounce it as and voted for "crawfish".
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:47 AM
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I've always called them crawfish.

I wish there was a place to get them here in Toronto.
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:58 PM
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New Zealander - crayfish
Those aren't the same thing. We're talking about little three inch things found if fresh water streams and lakes. Your crayfish are more like our lobsters. Admittedly, they all look alike, but our crayfish are much much smaller.
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Old 12-18-2010, 09:27 AM
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"Crawdads" when you are talking with your buddies.
"Crawfish" when you are trying to be more formal.
"Crayfish" when you are talking to city slickers.

I'm from southern New Mexico.
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Those aren't the same thing. We're talking about little three inch things found if fresh water streams and lakes. Your crayfish are more like our lobsters. Admittedly, they all look alike, but our crayfish are much much smaller.
Consider my ignorance fought!
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Old 12-18-2010, 10:27 AM
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This thread reminds me of a joke told by Justin Wilson on his Cookin' Cajun show.

Mama crawdad and her baby crawdad go out for a walk one day so she can teach the young'n 'bout the world. They go for a while can come across a sheep grazing in the pasture and the baby crawdad raises his claws and starts running backwards in fright. Mama says "That's just and old sheep, they don't hurt nuthin'. They go for a little bit more and see a cow grazing in the pasture. Again, the baby crawdad raises his claws and starts running backwards in fright. Mama says "That's just and old milk cow, they don't hurt nuthin'. They go for a little while longer and see a person. This time Mama raises her claws and start running away. The baby crawdad asks "What's wrong Mama?" and she says "Run boy! That's a cajun, they'll eat anything!"

BTW, I say crawdad.
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Old 12-18-2010, 12:25 PM
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The first crawfish I ever had was caught in a stream in Maine. But when we moved to New Orleans we learned of the glorious crawfish boil. Oh Og, I miss those!
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We called them crawdads when we fished them out of Lake Tahoe when I was a kid.

They're crayfish if they are over rice with Cajun spices.
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Old 12-18-2010, 12:39 PM
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A nearby town, Isleton, has a huge Crawdad Festival every year. So I call them crawdads. I've never eaten one, though.
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