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A.Word.A.Day--baxter

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This week's theme: professions that exist mainly as surnames.

baxter (BAK-stuhr) noun

A baker, especially a female baker.

[From Old English baecestre, feminine of baecere, from bacan (to bake).]

Other names for bakers have been backster, backmann, becker, furner (literally, one who is in charge of an oven), and pistor (literally, one who pounded the grain: a miller or a baker).

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"Than all the baxters will I ban
That mixes bread with dust and bran."
David Lyndsay; Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis; 16th c.

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