If you're running late and still need to iron your clothes and make breakfast, but can't find your shoes, you may wish you had a factotum, or a servant who does a variety of odd jobs for their employer.

Factotum sounds like the two words “fact” and “totem” spliced together, but this curious noun originally comes from the Latin words that mean "do" and "everything." In current times, since servants aren’t typical anymore, we might call someone who has a paid job like this a jack-of-all-trades or possibly a personal assistant.

Definitions of factotum
  1. noun
    a servant employed to do a variety of jobs
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    type of:
    retainer, servant
    a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
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