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What is the difference between a husbandrist and a husband?
The dictionary has more than a dozen variations on the word husband, but husbandrist is not one of them. There is husbandry, which is the business or occupation of a farmer, and husbandrize, which means to till or cultivate, but the practitioner is known as a husbandman, not a husbandrist. We define a husband as a man joined to a woman by marriage, but it was once used to describe the manager of an establishment or a housekeeper or steward. Maybe husbandrist is so new that it hasn’t yet made its way into most dictionaries. Perhaps it means “a collector of husbands” — a variation on bigamist.

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