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Word of the Day

Tricoteuse (n., tri-kuh-TOES)

A woman who sits and knits. This is a French word, and it became a thing during the French Revolution when women sat and knitted while attending public executions.

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Link of the Day

Britain's unusual jobs (1881 census)

In 1881, Britain asked its citizens what they did. ("Rank, profession, or occupation" read the survey. British propriety to the core.) They got some interesting results back:

Some of these may not be as weird as they sound—a Redditor noted that an emasculator might remove male parts of plants so they could be cross-bred—but "invisible net maker" seems pretty loopey. And we must all always aim to be a Knight of the Thimble.

TagsWorkBritainThe 19th centurySarcasm: just another service we offerWhat do people do all dayThat's proprietary midget information?