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Can you name the names of these professions from the Middle Ages?
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Milks cows (female)
Prepares and sells meat
Cares for horses
Works with iron or steel
Cuts timber into boards
Works with lead
Grinds grain into flour
Attempts to turn base metals to gold or silver
Manages household servants
Builds using stone or brick
Drives a team of animals
Amuses the king
Makes, sells and repairs fur
Sews clothes (female)
Assists in the birth of a child (female)
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Mar 11th, 2012 at 11:33 GMT
This was really interesting. I suppose it's no coincidence that a PlumBer works with lead and the element lead has the symbol Pb. From a Latin word?
Mar 11th, 2012 at 13:13 GMT
@climber_v12: The term 'Plumber' is related to the Latin word for lead, "plumbum."
Mar 11th, 2012 at 17:52 GMT
Woudn't be "tries to turn base metals to gold" a better clue? I doubt that anybody had actually made the thing.
Mar 11th, 2012 at 18:00 GMT
@dancastro: I have changed the Description.
Mar 11th, 2012 at 22:02 GMT
@LTH: Thanks for the Editor's Pick :)
Mar 11th, 2012 at 22:33 GMT
Terrific quiz. Thoroughly embarrased by some of the ones I missed, mind.
Mar 12th, 2012 at 02:52 GMT
I kept trying to put ostler for a person who cares for horses without going for the more common word. Oh well
Mar 12th, 2012 at 16:12 GMT
@sarahcped: ostler is now accepted.
Mar 13th, 2012 at 03:13 GMT
@WackyZacky One of the old editors made a larger version of this way back.
Mar 13th, 2012 at 04:24 GMT
Doesn't marshall also refer to a horsekeeper?
Mar 13th, 2012 at 11:19 GMT
@sproutcm: I didn't realise as it hadn't appeared in the search box when I checked. Hopefully it is different enough for people to still enjoy. Anyway, its not like deliberately copied it, unlike some quizzes which I have seen copied countless times by people...
Mar 13th, 2012 at 18:32 GMT
For "amuses the king" please accept fool as well.
Mar 14th, 2012 at 16:48 GMT
@bluewhite: Fool is now accepted. @jprg1966: Marshall is accepted.
Mar 14th, 2012 at 18:26 GMT
Great quiz! Perhaps accept "troubadour" for traveling poet/singer?
Mar 14th, 2012 at 19:35 GMT
@Hendrix: Now accepted, thanks :)
Mar 14th, 2012 at 23:07 GMT
Nice job, Ye Olde Gamesmith WackyZacky!
Mar 14th, 2012 at 23:37 GMT
Marshall didn't work for me either.
Mar 15th, 2012 at 01:05 GMT
great quiz! I know it's not an acceptable answer but candlestick maker is in the Nursery Rhyme :)
Mar 15th, 2012 at 16:31 GMT
@Sarahbelle: Marshall was definitely accepted. You must have spelled it incorrectly.
Mar 19th, 2012 at 01:32 GMT
The butcher, the baker, and...the chandler? Damn you Mother Goose!!
Mar 19th, 2012 at 10:44 GMT
I think "joker" should also be accepted for "jester". I'm not a native speaker, but it is listed as a synonym (along with some more) in Wikipedia.
Mar 22nd, 2012 at 00:00 GMT
@Mayan: Also, some people call him the space cowboy.
Mar 22nd, 2012 at 22:53 GMT
I feel like on some occasions "prostitute" would work for entertaining the king, and it was certainly a profession back then.
Mar 23rd, 2012 at 19:47 GMT
Ferriers take care of horses. Thier hooves anyway!
Game published: Apr 4th, 2012 at 15:03 GMT
Apr 4th, 2012 at 15:26 GMT
It's one of those quizzes where I only knew a little more than half, but recognized all when they were revealed. Excellent.
Apr 4th, 2012 at 15:28 GMT
Anybody else get "alchemist" when guessing for "works with lead"?
Apr 4th, 2012 at 15:32 GMT
I don't know that alchemist was so much a profession as a hobby. There weren't a lot of successful alchemists.
Apr 4th, 2012 at 15:37 GMT
Great quiz. Perhaps "fishwife" as an alternative for fishmonger?
Apr 4th, 2012 at 15:38 GMT
Surely stonemason should be accepted for mason?
Apr 4th, 2012 at 16:06 GMT
I'm an African-American with the most common surname in the English Language. Guess which one I missed.
Apr 4th, 2012 at 16:13 GMT
Could not for the life of me think of a candle maker, and then Bing, it hit me.
Apr 4th, 2012 at 16:15 GMT
This quiz was worth it for finding out the meaning of Chandler's name. I will watch Friends with a valuable bit of trivia to throw at an unsuspecting non-sporcler. hehehe.
Apr 4th, 2012 at 16:17 GMT
Midwife isn't a female profession. It just means "with the woman" [giving birth], so has no bearing on the sex of the holder of the title.
Apr 4th, 2012 at 16:17 GMT
Why didn't you include those who arrange, design, and sell shrubberies, like Roger the Shrubber? They are under considerable economic stress in this period in history. The least you could do is give them a shout-out.
Apr 4th, 2012 at 16:31 GMT
Rub a dub dub, three men in a tub. Who do you think they might be? The butcher, the baker, the chandler.
Apr 4th, 2012 at 16:34 GMT
"Farrier" should also work for "cares for horses."
Apr 4th, 2012 at 16:40 GMT
I tried "stable boy" before I got "groom"...
Apr 4th, 2012 at 16:52 GMT
I would argue that "attempt[ing] to turn base metals into gold" was only a small part of the what alchemists did, albeit the most famous.
Apr 4th, 2012 at 17:00 GMT
@Mimbleton: A farrier puts the shoes on horses. They do not feed or groom the horses.
Apr 4th, 2012 at 17:16 GMT
@BossMonster: Along those lines I tried stable-master and head groom, alas, I was too specific.
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