Talk:Fishwife

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The fishwives were "descendants of devotees of the God, Belin who was worshipped there at one time"? That may explain the etymology of "Billingsgate", but the idea that the local urban working-class were specifically descendents of such ancient persons is silly. Anyway, this is uncited. Paul B (talk) 00:40, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

  • The citation is at the end of the paragraph and covers it all. Colonel Warden (talk) 07:55, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm sorry, you will have to quote the citation. Also see WP:REDFLAG. Anyway, Ackroyd is of very dubious reliability regarding such matters. Paul B (talk) 09:23, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

Law case[edit]

The article contained a section about Bourhill v Young. A pregnant fishwife suffered a miscarriage after witnessing a cyclist's death. The section concludes, This went to the House of Lords which held that a person of "customary phlegm" would not have been expected to suffer so.

Perhaps the editor was seeking to imply that since this fishwife did not possess "customary phlegm", therefore fishwives generally are not all to be considered as tough as old boots. However, I don't think the law case contributes anything at all to an encyclopedic understanding of fishwives; it is merely anecdotal to the profession. I am therefore removing the section. - Fayenatic (talk) 12:55, 12 May 2009 (UTC)