billingsgate vs scurrility what difference

what is difference between billingsgate and scurrility



From the London, England fishmarket Billingsgate: “Billingsgate is the market where the fishwomen assemble to purchase fish; and where, in their dealings and disputes they are somewhat apt to leave decency and good manners a little on the left hand.” (Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 1811)



  1. Profane, abusive language; coarse words.
    You wouldn’t have believed the billingsgate which poured forth from that boy’s mouth.
    • 1898, George Saintsbury, A Short History of English Literature
      These “flytings” consisted of alternate torrents of sheer Billingsgate poured upon each other by the combatants.


billingsgate (third-person singular simple present billingsgates, present participle billingsgating, simple past and past participle billingsgated)

  1. (transitive) To use abusive language towards.
    • 1905, Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (volume 177, page 99)
      On the other hand, the Englishman has the satisfaction of Billingsgating to his heart’s content the highest officials: they accept objurgation with spaniel fawning.



scurril(ous) +‎ -ity, from Latin scurrilitas.


scurrility (countable and uncountable, plural scurrilities)

  1. Something that is scurrilous.

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