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22 March 2013 @ 11:39 am
Word of the day - factotum  
Form awhile back, but a good word...

factotum \fak-TOH-tuhm\  noun
1 : a person having many diverse activities or responsibilities
2 : a general servant

Did you know?
"Do everything!" That's a tall order, but it is exactly what a factotum is expected to do. It's also a literal translation of the New Latin term "factotum," which in turn traces to the Latin words "facere" ("to do") and "totum" ("everything"). In the 16th century, "factotum" was used in English much like a surname, paired with first names to create personalities such as "Johannes Factotum" (literally "John Do-everything"). Back then, it wasn't necessarily desirable to be called a "factotum"; the term was a synonym of "meddler" or "busybody." Now the word is more often used for a handy, versatile individual responsible for many different tasks.
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DameJdamej on March 22nd, 2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
Funny timing. Just yesterday, at a business meeting, someone from a related organization said to me "You do everything!" It would have been cooler if she'd said it in Latin, though.
stitchwhich on March 23rd, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)
I am appropriating that word against the day when I will be given a heraldic title. Because that will be just plan perfect considering what I do.
Ysoltysolt on March 24th, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of being a Chamberlain. :)
An excellent word. Thanks for sharing its roots! I didn't know. :)