One of the company then turned to Colonel tasker and asked if these kinds of whirlwinds were common in Maryland.
He was visiting a friend named tasker; in his letters he usually called him “the excellent Colonel tasker.”
"I'll say it all over again if you like," said the obliging Mr. tasker.
"We're expecting him back every moment," said Mr. tasker, encouragingly.
I herewith send you the stenographic report of the discourse, made by Messrs. Dawson and tasker.
"There's nobody could do that," responded Mr. tasker, with a sigh of resignation.
Mr. tasker, placing the glass under his arm, came slowly and reluctantly down the ratlines.
"And you've to thank Mr. tasker for that," was the sergeant's comment.
The door opened and revealed the amiable features of Mr. tasker.
Had Lady tasker remembered the half-holiday she certainly would not have come.
c.1300, "piece of work imposed as a duty," from Old North French tasque (13c., Old French tasche, Modern French tâche) "duty, tax," from Vulgar Latin *tasca "a duty, assessment," metathesis of Medieval Latin taxa, a back-formation of Latin taxare "to evaluate, estimate, assess" (see tax). General sense of "any piece of work that has to be done" is first recorded 1590s. Phrase take one to task (1680s) preserves the sense that is closer to tax.
German tasche "pocket" is from the same Vulgar Latin source (via Old High German tasca), with presumable sense evolution from "amount of work imposed by some authority," to "payment for that work," to "wages," to "pocket into which money is put," to "any pocket."
"to put a strain upon," 1590s, from task (n.). Related: Tasked; tasking.