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    Does the word "scrubwoman" has a masculine? Does the word "scrubman" exist?

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    I've never heard "scrubman" used. Probably because the word dates back to a time when only women did such menial chores. A male that does similar work would be called a "janitor" or "custodian."

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    Interesting word. I started to write asking if you meant "scrubberwoman", because this is the word that immediately came to my mind. The I googled and found that scrubwoman is common in AE.

    In BE scrubberwoman was used many years ago for the job, but has fallen out of use, I think because the word scrubber has become a word which is used in an insulting way to describe a woman the speaker thinks has "low sexual morals". Usually used by a man who has been rejected!

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    thank you

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