Aug
28
2014

factotum

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

faek to təm

noun
one employed to do a wide variety of tasks.

The three years of his college life, if they had not made him a Newton, or a Bacon, had done him no harm, filling his mind with the germs of ideas that were destined afterwards to become extremely useful to him. The young man was already, indeed, a sort of factotum, being clever and handy at so many things and in so many different ways, as early to attract the attention of the officers.

(James Fenimore Cooper – The Crater)

 

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