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The one who is fixing the shoes is called shoesmith.
What do we call the one who is fixing and copying keys?
Actually, I'm not familiar with "shoesmith" either.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
(Not a Teacher)
Locksmiths make most of their living from installing, replacing, and springing locks, though they are usually equipped to cut keys as well. Most lock and key systems are mass produced, so I don't believe there is such a thing as a keysmith anymore. Also, I don't believe there are many cobblers left in the US, if any at all. Again, because of modern mass production, most folks just buy a new pair of shoes instead of having the old ones repaired.
I've never heard the term "shoesmith", nor does the term make sense to me. Shoes don't strike me as something that can be "smithed", as it does not involve any metal working.
Last edited by SlickVic9000; 11-Dec-2011 at 17:47.
I have only found locksmith in my dictionary!
I'd never come across the term either, but it sounded like it might exist in one of the English dialect. A (very) quick google search returned only this, however: Contact The Shoe Smith of Portage, MI (Michigan)
In case I lose the door key, I will copy one key as back up. Do I call it cut key?
Incidentally, I don't see what metal-work has to do with it; I often call myself a wordsmith. The word 'smith' is to do with metal-working originally, but in more recently coined words it just refers to making or mending or organizing. ('Coined' is a strangely apt word, in the context of a move from metal-working to creation, but I digress...)