world's oldest profession
1888, coined by Rudyard Kipling as “most ancient profession in the world”. Alternative forms appeared in early 1900s, present form popular by 1930s. Similar terms with various senses (not necessarily prostitution) exist in other languages. Noun

world's oldest profession

  1. (euphemistic) Prostitution.
  • French: le plus vieux métier du monde
  • German: ältestes Gewerbe der Welt
  • Italian: la professione più antica del mondo
  • Portuguese: a mais velha profissão do mundo
  • Russian: древне́йшая профе́ссия
  • Spanish: la profesión más antigua del mundo

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