As the long weekend closes and we return to work, let's look at some names of occupations.
Unusual ones; we are unlikely to have illustrative quotations this week.
moirologist - a hired mourner
You need have no fear that your funeral will be ill-attended.
The root -log- traces back to legein "speak"; hence a "death speaker". The moirologist might sing appropriate funeral songs, called myriologues.
tachygrapher - one who writes shorthand; a stenographer
Oh, Wordcrafter, I came across one in that Unusual Words link: CHIROTONSOR - Barber. Now, I don't know if it means a special kind of barber or not (with that highfalutin name and all!!).
accoucheuse – midwife
accoucheur - male midwife; obstetrician
At least that's what the dictionaries say. Rather sexist, do you think? Interestingly, althouh neither word is used frequently, the latter gets far greater use than the former.
[This message was edited by wordcrafter on Wed Jan 7th, 2004 at 7:28.]
visagiste - a make-up artist
I wonder if they use this term in Hollywood.