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A Dictionary of Old Trades, Titles and Occupations [Paperback]

Colin Waters

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Dec 31 1999 1853067946 978-1853067945 New edition
In true `Call My Bluff' style, who knows what a mell man did, or a duffer, a ripator or a bummer? This dictionary contains almost 4000 old trades, titles and occupations, many of which have disappeared or simply gone out of fashion. A useful reference for those interested in social and local history. This expanded edition contains over 1000 new entries and some revision of terms appearing in the first edition which have new or alternative meanings.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Countryside Books; New edition edition (Dec 31 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853067946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853067945
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,042,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars From Abbess to Zoographer May 21 2005
By Mark Howells - Published on Amazon.com
These alphabetically arranged definitions of historical and unusual job titles focus on those from the United Kingdom. As many of these historic terms crossed the Atlantic with the English language, this book will also be of use to anyone with North American ancestors.

The professions of our ancestors were as colorfully named as they were remarkably diverse. For example:

What did a cow leech do?

Where were a moss reeve's duties performed?

What part of your body did a powler attend to?

What did a grunter man keep?

Facing a genealogical record which lists an unfamiliar occupation performed by an ancestor, this reference work is essential in understanding the lives of our forbearers.
4.0 out of 5 stars One complaint about this book June 22 2014
By Martin County librarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great reference and a fun book to read, but the binding will not hold up. It should have a better binding.

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