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A.Word.A.Day--lorimer

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

lorimer (LOR-i-muhr), also loriner, noun

A maker of bits, spurs and other small metal accessories for horses.

[From Old French loremier, from Latin lorum (strap).]

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"The metal parts of saddles and bridles were made by the wealthy craft of lorimers." Abbott Payson Usher; An Introduction to the Industrial History of England; Houghton Mifflin; 1920.

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