A “Bakester” was Once the Proper Word to Refer to a Female Baker

The term “baker” dates back to around the year 1000.  Another term that meant the same thing from that time was “bakester”.  This latter word referred to female bakers; this is similar to how a “webster” was a female weaver, with the “-ster” ending implying a woman.  “Bakester” is also where the surname “Baxter” comes from.


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