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Old 01-20-2018, 12:29 AM   #1
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Prawns are shrimp, right?

What’s the Difference Between Shrimp and Prawns? | Food & Wine

Let us all waste bandwidth discussing, hehehehe.

I ask this because some major restaurant chain is now tv advertising a delicious lo0king steak and prawn meal commercial. Not steak and shrimp....steak and prawns.

Shrimp and prawns.
A rose by any other name.

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Old 01-20-2018, 12:38 AM   #2
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Since my brain is packed with information that in no way benefits me financially, I already knew shrimp and prawns were different animals. Brits like to call our Gulf coast shrimp prawns, but they also pronounce aluminum wrong.

I like them both, by the way.

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Old 01-20-2018, 06:10 AM   #3
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:16 AM   #4
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:54 AM   #6
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We've had this discussion here once a long time ago.

Some people call the big shrimp prawns, and some people call the little shrimp prawns, and vice versa.

A few people got upset because they felt they were more correct.

And then there's Dublin Bay Prawns, which is a slightly different animal.
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Old 01-20-2018, 10:30 AM   #7
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Yes, they are different animals.

The way the name is used is not necessarily correct. Restaurants will use one name over the other because they like the sound of it better. Maybe steak and prawns sounds cooler or MORE EXPENSIVE than steak and shrimp.

Misusing or creating new names for foods is not a new thing, but is is annoying.
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That photo is a spiny lobster - or in the Bahamas they call it a crayfish. Certainly isn't a prawn.

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The term "prawn"[2] is used particularly in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Commonwealth nations, for large swimming crustaceans or shrimp, especially those with commercial significance in the fishing industry. Shrimp that fall in this category often belong to the suborder Dendrobranchiata. In North America, the term is used less frequently, typically for freshwater shrimp. The terms shrimp and prawn themselves lack scientific standing. Over the years, the way shrimp and prawn are used has changed, and nowadays the terms are almost interchangeable.

In the United Kingdom, prawn is used more commonly on menus than shrimp, while the opposite is the case in the United States. The term prawn also loosely describes any large shrimp, especially those at 15 (or fewer) to the pound[citation needed] (such as king prawns or jumbo shrimp).
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According to the crustacean taxonomist Tin-Yam Chan, "The terms shrimp and prawn have no definite reference to any known taxonomic groups. Although the term shrimp is sometimes applied to smaller species, while prawn is more often used for larger forms, there is no clear distinction between both terms and their usage is often confused or even reverse in different countries or regions."[3] Writing in 1980, L. B. Holthuis noted that the terms prawn and shrimp were used inconsistently "even within a single region", generalising that larger species fished commercially were generally called shrimps in the United States, and prawns in other English-speaking countries, although not without exceptions.[4]
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The terms true shrimp or true prawn are sometimes used to mean what a particular person thinks is a shrimp or prawn.[2] This varies with the person using the terms. But such terms are not normally used in the scientific literature, because the terms shrimp and prawn themselves lack scientific standing. Over the years the way shrimp and prawn are used has changed, and nowadays the terms are almost interchangeable.
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Yes, they are different animals.

The way the name is used is not necessarily correct. Restaurants will use one name over the other because they like the sound of it better. Maybe steak and prawns sounds cooler or MORE EXPENSIVE than steak and shrimp.

Misusing or creating new names for foods is not a new thing, but is is annoying.
This is the real answer to the question the OP posed. If a restaurant wants an upscale image, they use "prawn" on the menu, and if they want to keep that image, those prawns had better be a lot more than bite size. Otherwise they are still just shrimp with a God complex.
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here is a picture of a Crayfish. Round here they are called Crawdads.

note, craw dads are the same size as shrimp
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