• Paul Anthony Jones

Lobster shift

(n.) an early morning shift; an earlier than normal start to the working day

A lobster, origin of phrase lobster shift

Lobster shift was Word of the Day earlier this week on HH, essentially defined as “an early start to the day”.


Also known as the lobster trick, the term lobster shift is thought to have originated among early-starting newspaper journalists in early 1900s New York, before coming to be used more broadly of anyone whose working day starts early, or who is compelled to start their day somewhat earlier than normal.


Quite where or how the lobsters come in is unclear. One suggestion is that it refers to all those workers whose day begins at the same time that lobster fishermen head out to sea, while another claims it’s a metaphor for the sidling, lobster-like pace of a commute in the wee small hours of the morning.


Regardless of what inspired it, there are still plenty of people who work it.

Hi! We’re currently updating the HH blog, including all the tags (below). But with over 700 posts to reformat, well—apologies, this might take a while... 

For now, you can browse the back catalogue using all the tags from the blogposts we’ve already completed; this list will grow as more blogs are brought up to date.

 

Thanks for your patience in the meantime—and any problems or questions, just let us know at haggard@haggardhawks.com.