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4th January 2006, 21:22
Ok,Ok. I give up. >:(
Why can't my ancestors have done jobs with self-explanatary titles. I've found one today who was a, wait for it..., sopeboiler!!!.Â What on earth is one of those!Â What is a sope?Â Why do you have to boil it!?Â What do you do with it when you have boiled it? Answers anyone?Â :confused:
4th January 2006, 22:06
"in the neighbourhood of towns . . . Sope ashes are frequently used as a manure" . The ashes from elm or ash were said to be the best for making the "lye" in the manufacture of soap.
Seems that the term means "Soap Maker"
5th January 2006, 03:45
Totally agree with you . Why could they not just say butcher - flesher sounds like some vampire from the dark ages.
23rd January 2006, 19:16
Hello peeps!! ;D
You're absolutely right Izabel, 'flesher' sounds like something that Sweeney Todd should have put on his CV. How about it guys - anyone else got any ludicrously named occupations lurking in their family trees. Come on - post them here, let's have a giggle!!
26th January 2006, 17:31
Heres some I found on my net wanderings
Accipitrary - Falconer
Accoucheur - midwife
Aeronaut - trapeeze artist
Ankle beater - cattle herder
Archiator - physician
Back washer - wool cleaner
Banker - ditch digger
Battledore maker - carpet beater maker
Bluestocking - female writer
Clod hopper - plowman
Colporteur - book peddler
Fogger - low class lawyer
Hatcheler - flax comber
Hush shop keeper - seller of beer without a licence
Japanner - varnisher
Mudlark - sewer cleaner
Scaleraker - street cleaner
tide waiter - customs inspector
Toe rag - corn porter
Peregrinator - wanderer
Peruker - wig maker
Pettifogger - shyster lawyer
Snobscat - repairer of shoes
and my personal favorite
Unfortunate - prostitute
26th January 2006, 18:47
Oh my god, izabel!! You have been busy! ;D
But where did they get these names from? Half (no, in fact most) of the names have, it seems, nothing in common with the trade. Mudlark I can understand. Even aeronaut. But why on earth would you call a shoe repairer a 'snobscat'? Any ideas anyone?? Keep 'em coming!
26th January 2006, 19:42
I will definately call a lawyer a Fogger
or something like that :) Sorry :)
Love the following:
Hush shop keeper - seller of beer without a licence :2fun:
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