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- (idiomatic) A formulaic phrase for a miller, related to the dust generated in the milling process.
1829, Robert Chambers, The Scottish Songs, page 539:
- Hey, the dusty miller,/ And his dusty coat!/ He will win a shilling,/ Ere he spend a groat./ Dusty was the coat,/ Dusty was the colour;/ Dusty was the kiss,/That I gat frea the miller.
- Hey, the dusty miller,/ And his dusty sack! / Leeze me on the calling/ Fills the dusty peck;/ Fills the dusty peck,/Brings the dusty siller:/I wad gie my coatie/ For the dusty miller.
- 2005: Baitinger, A, CAB abstract of "Miller - a job with promotion and opportunities for the future!", Mühle + Mischfutter, (Vol. 142) (No. 8) 233-272
- The stereotypical image of the "dusty miller", as depicted in popular legend and some traditional literature, is a barrier, and milling is seen by younger people as low-status. There is an urgent need to change this perception through measures such as changing the designation to something like "grain and feed processing technician" and improving training provision and prospects."
- One of several species of plants with leaves of a dusty appearance: Centaurea cineraria, Senecio cineraria, Artemisia stelleriana, and Lychnis coronaria.
- For more on the "dusty miller" occupational stereotype, see the following document fragment: from Gerald Porter (1992) The English Occupational Song PhD dissertation, University of Umeå