Monday, 24 October 2016

A Formal Undertaking: The Mortician's Job Title

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Mortician. It has a fancy, classical Latin feel to it. In 1895, when it was first proposed in the trade magazine The Embalmers' Monthly, members of the newly burgeoning funeral director profession thought so too.

It was more customer-friendly than undertaker, which originally referred to the contractor who undertakes all the funeral arrangements, but had become tarnished by its centuries-old association with, well, death.

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