Origins of Sayings

Maid (Newfie)

Until Confederation, many Newfoundland women from the outports worked for a time as domestic servants in a larger population centre. Being sent to work as a domestic servant while young was referred to as being "shipped out". While all domestic servant positions were not, strictly speaking, maids, it is interesting to consider that this term loosely reflects the historical economic role of many Newfoundland women. Much more likely is the simpler theory of origin of the vocative "maid" in the noun "maid" meaning "girl".


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