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Dictionary of Ancient Occupations and Trades,
Ranks, Offices, and Titles

With emphasis on England and its 16° and 17° century colonies

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Bibliography
[AHD] American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 3° ed.
(Houghton, Mifflin; 1992) LoC: 92-851, ISBN: 0-395-44895-6
[BL] The British Lexicon
Online: http://www.britannia.com/history/resource/gloss.html of strange legal, feudal, chivalric, monastic, military and architectural terms
[CD] 1736 Canting Dictionary [thieving slang]
Liam Quin, http://dirk.holoweb.net/~liam/dict/, (chiefly from Bailey's 1737 The Universal Etymological English Dictionary)
[CHC] Cyclopędia for Halifax & Calderdale
Malcolm Bull, (Online: http://www.halifax-today.co.uk/specialfeatures/triviatrail/)
[DOME]Domesday Book
Online: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/domesday.asp
[DOT] Dictionary of Old Trades, Titles and Occupations, A
Colin Waters, (Berkshire, ENG, 1999) ISBN: 1-85306-601-X

Mr. Waters' book is an excellent one, and is far more complete than I could ever hope to make these pages. It has, according to the blurb, some 4000 defined terms and 70 illustrations. I recommend it highly. (£9.95 cover price)

[DOT2] Dictionary of Occupational Titles,
Revised fourth edition, as supplied electronically by the US Dept. of Labor, provided, as a public service by Informmation Technology Associates, Online: http://www.occupationalinfo.org/index.html, also available (for a fee) in download or CD format.
[DVT] Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue,
London: Printed for C. Chappel. 1811; Online: http://www.webroots.org/library/usaref/dotvt000.html An extensive document, and fascinating reading!
[EB] The Encyclopedia Britannica,
New York: Encyclopedia Press. 1910; Online: https://openlibrary.org/works/OL16326600W/The_Encyclopaedia_Britannica_1910 Regarded as the best edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica ever produced.
[GET] A Glossary of European Noble, Princely, Royal, and Imperial Titles
Mark Odegard; 23 Sep 1996; http://www.heraldica.org/topics/odegard/titlefaq.htm
[OED] Oxford English Dictionary, Compact Edition
Oxford University Press (©1971) LoC 87-14191 r93
[QC] The Quincunx
Charles Palliser (New York, 1990) LoC: 90-84770, ISBN: 0-345-37113-5

An incredible novel, The Quincunx is written in Dickensian style. Its action takes place in and around London of the early 19° century as a matryoshka of deceits, betrayals, and misunderstandings, revealed one by one over some 750 pages. It is without doubt the most complex novel I have ever read -- and a favorite.

[TFD]The Free Dictionary
http://www.tfd.com/
[WIKI]Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
[YG] Yorkshire Glossary of old words
http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/ eng/YKS/Misc/Glossary/index.html
Abbreviations:
aero aeronautical
arch archaic
c century
CE common era
civ civil offices
col colloquial
ct court offices
dipl diplomatic corps
dom domestic, household trades (incl. royal household)
eccl ecclesiastical; church offices and titles
esp especially
euph euphemistic
fig figure of speech
disp disputed
hist historical
hrld heraldry
joc jocular
mil military & Naval ranks and duties
mus music
naut nautical (excluding naval military)
nav naval
nob nobility and royalty
obs obsolete
pol politics
RC, RCC Roman Catholic [Church]
sl slang
sp sports
Nationalities, languages:
Austral Australia
Brit British, incl. England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Du Dutch
Eng English
F French
G German
H Hebrew
Ind Indian
J Jewish
Rus Russian
UK United Kingdom
US United States of America

See also these:

Colonial Occupations
Behling, Sam. http://homepages.rootsweb.com/ ~sam/occupation.html
Slang
WikiPedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slang.
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