What Does the Word “Monger” Mean and Where Did the Word Fishmonger Come From?

There are gossipmongers, warmongers, scandal-mongers, hate-mongers, and many others to whom we show extreme disrespect by adding the perceived curse monger to their action.

Yet when the word stands alone it isn’t that severe.

From the old English word mangian, mong simply means “to peddle, sell, or barter,” so a fishmonger sells fish, while a hate-monger peddles hate.

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

1 thought on “What Does the Word “Monger” Mean and Where Did the Word Fishmonger Come From?”

  1. I’ve always wanted to know where that word got its etymology from and what the word truly meant.
    My parents and grandparents liked to call me a “candy-monger” because I loved to eat candy like no other in my family. Id eat and not stop until it was all gone no matter the amount. I’d steal my siblings candy every Hollooween when i ran out always within the first 24 hours.
    Anyway thank you for the info Karen Hillls.

    –Matt Tyler

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