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Another Neat Word



I laughed out loud when I read the first illustrative quote! So deliciously evocative...

billingsgate \BIL-ingz-gayt; -git\, noun:
Coarsely abusive, foul, or profane language.

Chaney would yell at him in his own particular patois -- an unapologetic stream of billingsgate far more creative than Marine drill instructors or master rappers.
    -- George Vecsey, "Learning at Temple: Se Habla Chaneyism", New York Times, March 19, 2000

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Its style is an almost pure Army billingsgate that will offend many readers, although in no sense is it exaggerated: Mr. Mailer's soldiers are real persons, speaking the vernacular of human bitterness and agony.
    -- David Dempsey, "The Dusty Answer of Modern War", New York Times, May 9, 1948

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The campaigns of the two Roosevelts were colorful and gave the press plenty of material but, generally speaking, deft humor seems to have replaced outright billingsgate.
    -- George E. Reedy, "When Vilification Was in Flower", New York Times, July 15, 1984

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