Labeling someone who's resistant to the spread of technology and automation a "Luddite" isn't really an insult. The original Luddites were skilled textile workers in the early 19th century who noticed that the increased use of machines in factories led to them being replaced by low-wage, unskilled workers. Hoping to preserve their jobs and draw attention to their plight, Luddites destroyed or sabotaged factory machinery. It wasn't that they hated machines; they simply didn't appreciate unemployment.
The word "sabotage" is related to the word "sabot," referring to a type of what?
Previous answer: To protest a tax increase, Lady Godiva shed her clothes and rode on horseback through the streets of Coventry, England.
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