Philology: Weird Word of the Day

billingsgate BIL-ingz-gayt; -git, noun:

Coarsely abusive, foul, or profane language.

Origins: Billingsgate is so called after Billingsgate, a former market in London celebrated for fish and foul language.

It’s a real place! I found these pix of Billingsgate Market:

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.