‘Gosh’n fishes,’ she muttered under her breath, and went down gingerly, as if wading into a polluted pool. Her husband had built the cellar himself, rock-walling it for coolness. Every now and then a muskrat or woodchuck or mink would crawl into one of the wide chinks and die there. That was what must have happened, although she could never recall a stink this strong. Source: Salem's Lot by Stephen King Context: In this scene, Eva, an elderly and owner of the boarding house in the town, went into her cellar to fetch two jelly jars. What does the expression mean? Is it just an expression of disgust (for the hedious smell)? Pre Post Check: Gosh is euphemism for God. I wonder why fishes in plural. I always recall being taught to say one fish and two fish. I wonder the ubiquity of this expression. Thank you.