an industry near the Billings gate in London celebrated for fish and foul language
- foul-mouthed or obscene abuse
- an industry close to the Billings gate in London, celebrated for fish and nasty language.
- Coarsely abusive, nasty, or profane language; vituperation; ribaldry.
1670s, the kind of coarse, abusive language as soon as used by women in the Billingsgate marketplace on the River Thames below London Bridge. Billingsgate may be the market in which the fishwomen assemble to purchase fish; and where, inside their dealings and disputes they have been notably apt to keep decency and good ways a little regarding the left hand. ["Dictionary of Vulgar Tongue," 1811] The spot name's Old English Billingesgate, "gate of (a person known as) payment;" the "gate" most likely becoming a space into the Roman lake wall. Industry is mid-13c., not solely a fish market until belated 17c.
(n.) Market nearby the Billings gate in London, celebrated for fish and foul language.
- (n.) Coarsely abusive, foul, or profane language; vituperation; ribaldry.
In 1894 the number of boxes of Scottish salmon delivered at Billingsgate market in London was 15,489, and in 1903 it was 15,103, being more than half of the salmon received then from all parts of Europe, including Irish and English consignments.