A Wife, here, has no sex; she is neuter; so, according to the grammar, a fish is HE, his scales are SHE, but a fishwife is neither.
In another Moment, except Help come, the Fishwife will be no more.
As a young local reporter in Hull in 1980, I saw Lillian fleetingly in a pub following an interview with a bereaved fishwife
BELLOWING like a fishwife
I stormed into the living room where World War Three had broken out between the kids.
At first, Maria is perhaps a bit skeptical of her husband's farfetched scheme, but she would prefer to be thought of as the wife of a fish vendor, instead of as a venting fishwife
, so she holds her tongue.
Needless to say, with gobby fishwife
Anna finding out that Faye has been abandoned, Tim gets a ferocious ear-bashing when he eventually shows up.
There's the trucker cap-wearing Midwestern hillbilly, the chopsy trailer trash fishwife
, the regulation black man from the 'hood who shouts, "It's all gravy, baby" apropos of nothing every five minutes and the tattooed Latino ex-gang member - no crude cultural stereotype is left unturned.
IT was the day when Scary Spice discarded her glamorous image and became a dowdy fishwife
And it brought the wonderfully raucous Gladys Morgan, whose high-C cackle made your average fishwife
or even Vera Duckworth sound refined, to a huge audience.
According to the dictionary definition of a fishwife
(which I've just looked up out of curiosity) apart from women dismembering fish it also means a feminine skill for swearing.
Not only did the first exhibition display Fresh Fish' there was also Fishing Boats Returning, A Cornish Fishwife
and several coastal scenes.
From nit-picker to ploughman, fishwife
to chimney sweep, the catalog of these worst forms of employment should return a pleasant coloring of reality to your office-bound sinecure.