Oldest profession (phrase)

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The oldest profession in the world (or the world's oldest profession) is a phrase that, unless another meaning is specified, refers to prostitution.wikipedia
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Prostitution

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The oldest profession in the world (or the world's oldest profession) is a phrase that, unless another meaning is specified, refers to prostitution.
It is sometimes referred to euphemistically as "the world's oldest profession" in the English-speaking world.

World's second oldest profession

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The English idiom world's second-oldest profession is used to refer to a number of professions, playing on the common comment that prostitution is the world's oldest profession.

Droving

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The claim to be the oldest profession was made on behalf of farmers, cattle drovers, horticulturalists, barbers, engineers, landscape gardeners, the military, doctors, nurses, teachers, priests, lay preachers and even lawyers.

Horticulture

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The claim to be the oldest profession was made on behalf of farmers, cattle drovers, horticulturalists, barbers, engineers, landscape gardeners, the military, doctors, nurses, teachers, priests, lay preachers and even lawyers.

Landscape architecture

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The claim to be the oldest profession was made on behalf of farmers, cattle drovers, horticulturalists, barbers, engineers, landscape gardeners, the military, doctors, nurses, teachers, priests, lay preachers and even lawyers.

Nursing

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The claim to be the oldest profession was made on behalf of farmers, cattle drovers, horticulturalists, barbers, engineers, landscape gardeners, the military, doctors, nurses, teachers, priests, lay preachers and even lawyers.

Priest

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The claim to be the oldest profession was made on behalf of farmers, cattle drovers, horticulturalists, barbers, engineers, landscape gardeners, the military, doctors, nurses, teachers, priests, lay preachers and even lawyers.

Lay preacher

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The claim to be the oldest profession was made on behalf of farmers, cattle drovers, horticulturalists, barbers, engineers, landscape gardeners, the military, doctors, nurses, teachers, priests, lay preachers and even lawyers.

Tailor

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Perhaps the earliest recorded claim to be the world's oldest profession was made on behalf of tailors.

Procession

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The Song in Praise of the Merchant-Taylors, attested from 1680, which was routinely performed at pageants at the Lord Mayor's Show, London, if the current mayor happened to belong to the tailors' guild, began:

Lord Mayor's Show

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The Song in Praise of the Merchant-Taylors, attested from 1680, which was routinely performed at pageants at the Lord Mayor's Show, London, if the current mayor happened to belong to the tailors' guild, began:

London

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The Song in Praise of the Merchant-Taylors, attested from 1680, which was routinely performed at pageants at the Lord Mayor's Show, London, if the current mayor happened to belong to the tailors' guild, began:

Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors

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The Song in Praise of the Merchant-Taylors, attested from 1680, which was routinely performed at pageants at the Lord Mayor's Show, London, if the current mayor happened to belong to the tailors' guild, began:

Adam and Eve

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After pointing out that Adam and Eve made garments for themselves, and were therefore tailors, it continued:

Rudyard Kipling

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The phrase began to acquire its opprobrious sense in the last decade of the nineteenth century following Rudyard Kipling's short story about an Indian prostitute, On the City Wall (January 1889).

Lilith

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Lilith was her very-great-grandmamma, and that was before the days of Eve as every one knows.

The Pall Mall Gazette

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The ladies belonged to what has been called “the oldest profession in the world", a profession which is carried on in Piccadilly, Regent street, and other parts of London with great energy every night … In the same year the Pall Mall Gazette reported a speech in which "Mrs.

Euphemism

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The phrase was frequently used as a euphemism when delicacy forbade direct reference to prostitution.

Thuggee

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In The Secret Societies of All Ages and Countries (1875), Charles William Heckethorn, describing the Thugs of India, said:

Hierophant

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The hierophant, on initiating the candidate, says to him: "Thou hast chosen, my son, the most ancient profession, the most acceptable to the deity. Thou hast sworn to put to death every human being fate throws into thy hand..."

Counterfeit money

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Counterfeiting is as old as money itself, and is sufficiently prevalent throughout history that it has been called "the world's second oldest profession".

West End Jungle

The film explains what happened when the streets were cleaned up, and it looks at what became of the so-called oldest profession as it continued to operate in Britain.

Sexe de rue

Bruno Dubuc calls Sexe de rue a sensitive portrait of the world's oldest profession as it has been practiced in south-central Montréal; "raw and disturbing" (cru et dérangeant), and valuable for the way it upsets any preconceived notions the viewer might have, both about the motivations of sex workers and the attitudes of the police towards them, as well as the ordinarily hidden sex lives of the car-driving customers.