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January 14, 2009 by  
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From Colossus Inklings No.119

Milliner ‘ originally meant ‘native of Milan’, later ‘a vendor of fancy goods from Milan’.

Stationer – comes from the medieval Latin stationarius meaning ‘tradesman at a fixed location, ie not itinerant’.

Butcher ‘ variant of the Old French bochier from boc ‘he-goat’ or buc ‘male deer’.

Tailor ‘ Originally from the Latin taliare meaning ‘to cut’.

Confectioner ‘ From the Latin conficere meaning ‘put together’. In the Middle Ages it generally applied to medicinal preparations.

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