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A.Word.A.Day--napier

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This week's theme: professions of the past.

napier (NAY-pee-uhr) noun

One in charge of table linen in a royal household.

[Apparently from Anglo-Norman nape (tablecloth).]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"The napier handed these napkins." Sydney Smith; The Edinburgh Review; 1929

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