A fishmonger (historically fishwife for female practitioners) is someone who sells raw fish and seafood.
Old English mangere “merchant, trader, broker,” agent noun from mangian “to traffic, trade,” from Proto-Germanic *mangojan (source also of Old Saxon mangon, Old Norse.
someone who sells fish, especially from a shop.
While they can be interchangeable in that fishmongers can also fish and fisherman can also sell their fish, fishmongers tend to buy directly from the fisherman and then sell to others. You could say one is the production side (the fisherman) and the other is in sales (the fishmonger).
A fishmonger is a shopkeeper who sells fish.
So, for example, a fish seller might have been called “a monger of fish.” From about the 16th century, the OED says, “monger” also acquired a derogatory meaning: “a person engaged in a petty or disreputable trade or traffic.”
The term traces to a Latin noun meaning “trader.” Initially, it was an honorable term, but every profession has its bad apples, and the snake-oil salesmen of the bunch gave “monger” a bad reputation. By the middle of the 16th century, the term often implied that a merchant was dishonorable and contemptible.
Hamlet knows very well who Polonius is, but to continue with is craziness, Hamlet calls Polonius a “fishmonger,” or someone who sells fish. He does not mean it literally, but it is actually slang for “pimp.” Hamlet thinks Polonius put his selfishness in front of his daughter’s happiness by making her dump Hamlet.
A career as a fishmonger is hugely rewarding and no two days are ever the same. They carry out a wealth of different tasks and develop a multitude of different skills. Fishmongers are responsible for preparing and selling fish, and shellfish products, to members of the public.
Side Quest: The Lanes. Open your map and head to The Lanes. Scroll all the way to the left and speak to Fishmonger. When Fishmonger asks for his name, select Jericho.
Fishmongers typically possess the same cleaning, cutting, shucking, scaling, and filleting skills as a fish cutter.
The first disciples Jesus calls — Peter, Andrew, James and John — are fishermen. Compared to the other disciples, scripture gives much insight into the lives of the profession, and the character of the first four.
Break ‘fishmonger’ down into sounds: [FISH] + [MUN] + [GUH] – say it out loud and exaggerate the sounds until you can consistently produce them. Record yourself saying ‘fishmonger’ in full sentences, then watch yourself and listen.
In many places there are fewer fishmongers than there used to be. Supermarkets have often replaced independent seafood sellers. Female fishmongers used to have a separate name, fishwife.
Utilizing fish-finding equipment to locate fish and other aquatic animals. Positioning nets, fishing lines, traps, and dredges to catch fish, crustaceans, and other aquatic animals. Measuring caught fish to determine whether they meet legal size requirements and releasing all illegal catches into the water.
RALPH: There’s another joke here aswell: “fishmonger” might be understood here to mean a pimp — a merchant of another kind of flesh. SARAH: This suggests that Hamlet may be starting to talk not only about Polonius, but also about his daughter Ophelia.