Why is a carpenter know as a chippy?

A carpenter is referred to as a chippy because they make chips when they cut up wood.

Henry McNish, often referred to as Harry McNeish or by the nickname "Chippy" was the carpenter on Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914–1917.

And there's Mrs Chippy, the tabby cat that accompanied Ernest Shackleton and his crew on board the Endurance when they set sail from the East India Docks in London on 1 August 1914.

In spite of the name he was a tough tomcat from Glasgow, and he belonged to Henry, ship's carpenter and master shipwright. Read more at Purr-n-fur.org.uk.

Of interest, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a trend emerged in English slang for bestowing mock “titles” on people employed or engaged in various jobs or pursuits.

So an "admiral of the blue" was a publican, so-called because of the color of his apron. A "queen of the dripping pan" was a cook. A "lord of the foresheet" was a ship’s cook. And a "knight of the cue" was a billiard-player, a "knight of the thimble" was a tailor, a "knight of the lapstone" a cobbler, and a "knight of the brush" an artist.

So what would your job title have been in Victorian slang? Find out at MentalFloss.com.

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