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A Jamaican speciality consisting of cod fritters, served as snacks with drinks or as a first course. The term dates back at least to the late nineteenth century. It is a reapplication of an earlier stamp and go denoting an order given to a sailor to perform a particular duty. In response the sailor was supposed to stamp to attention, turn on his heel and set about the job without delay, and the metaphor underlying the cod fritters seems to be that they are quickly made and quickly eaten.

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