One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An octopus.‘medium-sized ockies can get their tentacles into your craypots’
- ‘Whatever it is down below is heavy and pulling it hard, hopefully not a fighting Ocky.’
- ‘Moral of the story, never amputate an arm of an Ocky; if you catch one, it is better to use him as bait.’
- ‘Wouldn't you love to catch your own ocky and grow your own rice?’
- ‘It is so good as a bait that it is not uncommon to catch four or five snapper on the same piece of ocky.’
- ‘Ocky, you eight-legged wonder of the deep, thanks for educating me and allowing me into your world.’
- ‘"Oi, I'm off to pick up a turbofan engine for a Boeing 777; anyone seen me ocky straps?"’
- ‘I went out in the boat on my own and pulled the ocky pots around 4pm.’
- ‘We dive in thick kelp forests in the cape and have often had ockies attach themselves onto us.’
- ‘The fellow was saying that they catch a few ockies.’
- ‘The ocky then reached toward a rock wall, took a firm foothold and a tug-of-war ensued.’
1960s: abbreviation of octopus.
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