“He is like a shell fish”

“Don't YOU be a shell fish!” Read on…

One of our gardeners was having a bit of a moan about the other one: “Hemi gat fasin sel fis” he said in Bislama, which translated means “He is like a shell fish”

Huh? I had never heard this expression, and I started wondering what it could mean. Like a crab? a prawn? an oyster?

When I asked and got an explanation, I discovered shell fish in this context meant “Hermit Crab”


He explained that a hermit crab finds an empty shell, gets inside, and then doesn't let anyone else in. Ah! So he was saying his work associate would not share.

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