“Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by Ol' Dirty Bastard wasn't about sushi, but between liking it raw and all that money his backup singer owes him, ODB's clearly not afraid of food poisoning or the cost of fresh tuna. And although Big Baby Jesus might have picked up a few phrases from samurai films, he's still probably confused by some of the terms on a sushi menu.
Wu-Tang aside, the most daunting part of the sushi experience for most people is the language barrier. It's understandable to be confused when half the menu is in Japanese, especially given that changing just one letter can signify an entirely different type of fish (madai is sea bream, medai is bluenose).
To make a visit to the sushi bar feel a little less foreign, we've compiled a glossary of the most important sushi terms from exhaustive raw-fish resource SushiFAQ.com, along with linguistic context from other expert sources. Without further ado, irasshaimase to this list (read on to learn what that means).