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Quiz about A Tricky Little Trade
Quiz about A Tricky Little Trade

A Tricky Little Trade Trivia Quiz


There are hundreds of niche jobs out there from which to choose. But what will you call yourself when you describe your choice to people? See if you can match the unusual occupational descriptions to the jobs that bestow them.

A matching quiz by suzidunc. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
suzidunc
Time
3 mins
Type
Match Quiz
Quiz #
405,538
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Very Easy
Avg Score
10 / 10
Plays
853
Last 3 plays: kitter96 (10/10), aspire63 (10/10), Jdoerr (7/10).
(a) Drag-and-drop from the right to the left, or (b) click on a right side answer box and then on a left side box to move it.
QuestionsChoices
1. Someone who adds feathers (or similar) to the end of arrows  
  Bosun
2. Someone who mends shoes  
  Collier
3. Someone who makes wooden barrels and casks  
  Cobbler
4. Dock worker who loads and unloads ships   
  Fletcher
5. Woman who breast feeds another's child  
  Chandler
6. Someone who makes, maintains, or sells candles  
  Haberdasher
7. Ship's officer in charge of maintenance of the hull  
  Fiddler
8. Someone who sells accessories for sewing and dressmaking (British term)  
  Cooper
9. Coal miner  
  Stevedore
10. Musician who plays folk music on the violin  
  Wet nurse





Select each answer

1. Someone who adds feathers (or similar) to the end of arrows
2. Someone who mends shoes
3. Someone who makes wooden barrels and casks
4. Dock worker who loads and unloads ships
5. Woman who breast feeds another's child
6. Someone who makes, maintains, or sells candles
7. Ship's officer in charge of maintenance of the hull
8. Someone who sells accessories for sewing and dressmaking (British term)
9. Coal miner
10. Musician who plays folk music on the violin

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Someone who adds feathers (or similar) to the end of arrows

Answer: Fletcher

Similar to the French word "flèche", which means "arrow", fletching refers to the addition of "fletchings" (being stabilization fins) to the end of arrow shafts. Traditionally, fletchings were made from feathers, but in modern bows fibers and plastics may be used. Fletchers may also be known as "tippers".
2. Someone who mends shoes

Answer: Cobbler

"To cobble" is an English phrase referring to the hasty joining or putting together of something. Though it is unclear when the term was first used to describe menders of shoes, there is evidence to show that the term has been in use for centuries. In the UK, Northampton, a town known for its long shoemaking history, has a professional football team often known by their nickname "the Cobblers".
3. Someone who makes wooden barrels and casks

Answer: Cooper

Coopers are known for making wooden vessels which include barrels, casks, and vats. Historically, these vessels have been made using wooden slats that are heated to enable them to be bent to shape. In modern times, coopers may also be found operating machinery which creates new wooden vessels, rather than hand-forming them.
4. Dock worker who loads and unloads ships

Answer: Stevedore

Also known in the UK as simply "dockers", stevedores have been essential to ports for centuries. Though, historically, stevedores simply lifted and moved cargo between modes of transportation (i.e. carts and ships), modern stevedores are expected to understand the mechanisms for working complex equipment which loads and unloads heavy cargo and have a clear understanding of health and safety regulations.

The origin of the word "stevedore" appears to derive from the Spanish word "estibador", which means "a man who unloads cargo".
5. Woman who breast feeds another's child

Answer: Wet nurse

Historically, prior to the invention of formula milk, women who were unable or preferred not to breast-feed a child would seek to employ or find a wet nurse to provide the child with sustenance. Though the practice fell out of favour during the twentieth century, it has made a comeback more recently as medical advice extols the virtues of breast feeding in infants. Wet nurses may include women who had recently given birth themselves and others who constantly maintain their lactation via manual methods.
6. Someone who makes, maintains, or sells candles

Answer: Chandler

Historically, the term "chandler" has referred to makers of candles, and also to those who looked after or maintained the supply of candles in rich households. However, more recently, as candle making by hand has become fairly rare, a chandler may also be the owner or manager of a shop that sells candles and other forms of lighting.

The word "chandelier", now meaning an ornamental, branched light fitting, derives from an old French term for the same occupation.
7. Ship's officer in charge of maintenance of the hull

Answer: Bosun

The word "bosun" is a contraction of the term "boatswain", which has been in use for centuries. The bosun manages a ship's deck crew and has general oversight of, and responsibility for, the hull and its contents. Depending on the ship, the bosun may also have other duties including supervision of rigging, anchors, and/or flags.
8. Someone who sells accessories for sewing and dressmaking (British term)

Answer: Haberdasher

Using the British meaning of the term, haberdashers are known for selling smaller articles required for sewing, dressmaking, and general tailoring, including buttons, sewing needles, thread, and ribbons. In the USA, the term "haberdasher" is more commonly used to refer to someone who specifically sells men's clothing or smaller articles relating to it.
9. Coal miner

Answer: Collier

Historically, the term "collier" has been used for miners - i.e. the people who actually obtain the coal from the ground. However, in more recent times, as coal mines become increasingly scarce or automated, the term may also refer to someone who sells or transports charcoal. A coal mine may also be referred to as a "colliery".
10. Musician who plays folk music on the violin

Answer: Fiddler

The term "fiddle" may derive from the Latin term "fidula", which means "violin". Traditionally, it was used to describe any similarly stringed and bow-operated instrument but in modern times refers most commonly to the violin. The term "fiddler" is now most commonly used now to refer to those musicians who play folk or traditional music on the violin. "Fiddler" may also refer to someone who cheats, swindles or steals smaller items or amounts.
Source: Author suzidunc

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