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Obscure Professions

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Oopsadaisy3 Wed 15-Apr-20 09:51:22

The title says it all
Alphabetical order,
if it’s that obscure an explanation would be interesting.
I’ll start it off

Armpit Sniffer- sniffs up to 60 armpits a day for deodorant manufacturers

vampirequeen Wed 15-Apr-20 10:23:26

Bodger - Turns chair legs

joannapiano Wed 15-Apr-20 12:38:55

Coil winder.
What my dad did by day, played piano in Strip Clubs by night.

Callistemon Wed 15-Apr-20 12:54:31


MiniMoon Wed 15-Apr-20 14:08:16

Egg grader

Eglantine21 Wed 15-Apr-20 14:28:40

Freelance researcher for novelists
(It’s real and I did it!)

crazyH Wed 15-Apr-20 14:39:41

G-string maker

Clairefontaine Wed 15-Apr-20 14:39:52

Grape picker( it’s real and backbreaking)

Clairefontaine Wed 15-Apr-20 14:40:28

Hop picker!

Oopsadaisy3 Wed 15-Apr-20 14:44:21

Interfactor and old name for a murderer, probably not a profession though.

paddyanne Wed 15-Apr-20 15:26:55

retoucher ,in the olden days fixing mistakes on negatives and prints with a very small paintbrush and tints

Teetime Wed 15-Apr-20 15:30:27


Elrel Wed 15-Apr-20 15:33:16

Saggermaker’s Bottomknocker (from a Wilfred Pickles “What’s my Line?) show long ago!

Elrel Wed 15-Apr-20 15:34:13

Oops, sorry!

Oopsadaisy3 Wed 15-Apr-20 16:02:17

elrel used in the potteries I believe

Do you want to have a crack at K?

Callistemon Wed 15-Apr-20 17:49:20

Kelp Cutter

Oopsadaisy3 Wed 15-Apr-20 18:25:05

Linesman, in the USA they travel the Electricity cables checking them for faults, often on a chair lift type of contraption.

Grannmarie Wed 15-Apr-20 18:56:41


Oops, I love Wichita Lineman 🎶

Oopsadaisy3 Wed 15-Apr-20 19:29:53

It took me a while Gran to twig that the Lineman had a particularly dangerous job.

Napper Tender, sadly does not involve much napping, but fluffs up socks, apparently.....

Callistemon Wed 15-Apr-20 19:57:47

Oh, my favourite, Glen Campbell, Wichita Linesman.

Callistemon Wed 15-Apr-20 20:02:25

Name Plate Stamper

Callistemon Wed 15-Apr-20 20:03:26



Bellanonna Wed 15-Apr-20 20:49:38

Powder monkey

vampirequeen Wed 15-Apr-20 20:54:15


Chewbacca Wed 15-Apr-20 20:57:44