Where Did the Words Steward and Stewardess Come From and What Do They Mean?

A steward or stewardess is usually employed as a caretaker in a variety of circumstances, including at sea and in the air.

Although the position carries great responsibility, working conditions are often unpleasant.

The title of steward was originally given to someone who took care of the cattle and pigs.

It derives from the Anglo-Saxon word stig-weard, meaning “sty-keeper.”

No wonder they want to be called flight attendants.

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