I asked a beta reader to read a book about a little girl growing up in the 1960’s. Her mother worked as a washerwoman. And the reader after reading it and giving her opinion asked have I ever heard of a Washer Man?
Hmmm? No I had not. Well, they introduced me to a new word.
Dhobi ( transl. ‘washerman’), known in some places as Dhupi or Rajaka (‘remover of dirt’), is a group of castes in India and the greater Indian subcontinent whose traditional occupations are washing and ironing clothes. … The word dhobi is derived from the Hindi word dhona, which means ‘to wash’.
A man who washes clothes, linens, etc., for hire; laundryman. The definition of a dhobi is a person who washes clothes in India.
I learned something new. 🙂