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    What do you call place where they sell fish as pets?
    What do you call the place where they sell fish as food?

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    Re: fish

    What do you call the place where they sell fish as pets?
    A pet shop.
    Amer: a pet store ?

    What do you call the place where they sell fish as food?
    fresh fish : Fishmongers - the man who sells the fish is a fishmonger
    cooked fish: Fish and Chip Shop. (colloquially, the Chippie.

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    Re: fish

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    What do you call the place where they sell fish as pets?
    A pet shop.
    Amer: a pet store ?

    What do you call the place where they sell fish as food?
    fresh fish : Fishmongers - the man who sells the fish is a fishmonger
    cooked fish: Fish and Chip Shop. (colloquially, the Chippie.
    David, out of curiosity, a suffix -monger is someone who encourages a particular activity, especially one which causes trouble. Why does it collocate with selling fish? thanks.

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    Re: fish

    Hi

    A monger is a dealer in a specific commodity often used in combination [ fishmonger ]
    See :monger - definition of monger by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: fish

    Teia's right, but banderas is right too - as far as newly-coined words is concerned. New words formed by the addition of "-monger" indeed often refer to "someone who encourages a particular activity, especially one which causes trouble" - e.g. scare-monger (1888 - Online Etymology Dictionary), rumour-monger.... I'd guess the association with doing something harmful comes from 'warmonger' (Online Etymology Dictionary - which has been around much longer).

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