Word of the Day: factotum
origin: from the Latin "facere", meaning to do.
1. An employee or assistant who performs a wide range of tasks.
"I made the ink; I was warehouseman, and everything, and, in
short, quite a factotum. But, however serviceable I might be,
I found that my services became every day of less importance,
as the other hands improv'd in the business..."
--Benjamin Franklin, "Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin"
"And whatever became of free speech in the universities, once
considered the bastions of independent thought? ... In a
phantasmagorian tragi-comedy at the University of British
Columbia,...the political science faculty undergo 200
working days of intense investigation by a feminist factotum."
--Ted Byfield, "To the Greatest Current Threat to Freedom,
the Media Seem Strangely Deaf and Blind", in the
'Alberta [Canada] Report'
Publish Date: 01/20/2011