A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921.

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The first page of the index

The original dictionary has a comprehensive index. Unfortunately, because of its layout, it has proved problematic to digitise by optical character recognition. Instead, the online dictionary has its own index created directly from the digitised text of the dictionary entries.

This means that there is an exact match between the index and the dictionary entries (not always the case in the printed dictionary), but also that any errors in the headwords will be duplicated in the index.

Many terms are indexed in more than one place. With compound occupational terms, the dictionary entries often present the term with the final component first, e.g. cloth dresser has its dictionary entry under dresser, cloth. In the index, however, such a term will have two entries: dresser, cloth and cloth dresser. This means that you do not need to know exactly how the dictionary formulates such terms.

There are two useful features in the online index which are not shared by the printed Dictionary. In the original volume, there is no way to tell which of, say, the four dictionary entries for capper or the 32 for cutter is the one you are looking for. In the online version:

The original dictionary does not include the occupations in Orders XXIV, XXV and XXII, and the terms in these orders are therefore not included in the index. They may be added to the online index at a later date.

Peter Christian, November 2016.