Word of the day

The word for today is…

hireling (noun) – One who works solely for compensation, especially a person willing to perform for a fee tasks considered menial or offensive.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “One who works for hire,” Old English hyrling; see hire + -ling. Now only disparaging, “one who acts only for mercenary motives,” a sense that emerged late 16th century. As an adjective by 1580s.

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Peter is a fourth-generation New Zealander, with his mother’s and father’s folks having arrived in New Zealand in the 1870s. He lives in Lower Hutt with his wife, three cats and assorted computers.

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