caning [canning] factories

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Couch Tomato, May 7, 2013.

  1. Couch Tomato

    Couch Tomato Senior Member

    Russian & Dutch
    Why has south eastern Alaska so many caning factories?
    Because there's so much salmon

    (The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger)

    Holden reads from his sister's notebook. What is a caning factory? I've found some results in Google, but I couldn't find any clear examples. What do you think it means? Google thought I misspelled the word and meant canning instead. Could that be it?
  2. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    English - US
    It should read "canning factories."
  3. George French Senior Member

    English - UK

    Looks like a spelling mistake.


    Canning factory....
  4. Thomas1

    Thomas1 Senior Member

    polszczyzna warszawska
    Just in case: it's a factory that puts salmon into makes 'cans', or 'tins' if you prefer.

    Or an establishment where you get some spanking. :D
    Last edited: May 7, 2013
  5. egorca New Member

    Moscow, Russia
    I guess Phoebe wrote about the tin cans and canned fish factoring. Thus, caning is probably is putting/packing some goods (salmon) into tin cans.
  6. JustKate

    JustKate Moderate Mod

    No, a canning factory would be a cannery - a place where food (salmon in this case) - is canned. I've never run across a term for a factory that produces cans, but I guess it would be a can factory.

    As George and Myridon pointed out, it is spelled canning, by the way - with two N's, not one.
  7. Thomas1

    Thomas1 Senior Member

    polszczyzna warszawska
    Ups, you're right, of course, Kate.
  8. Couch Tomato

    Couch Tomato Senior Member

    Russian & Dutch
    Thank you for your replies.
  9. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    American English
    Phoebe is 10 and not the world's best speller ... later in that same diary entry is this:

    Shirley you said you were sagitarius but your only taurus bring your skates when you come over to my house

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