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London - It was once a job description in which many women took pride.

But increasing numbers now consider the word "housewife" an embarrassing relic, according to a study.

It found 38 percent believe it is outdated, while 12 percent think it is sexist or embarrassing.

Nearly 70 percent of those surveyed said their skills were less practical than those of their mothers and grandmothers, with many no longer able to gut and fillet a fish, for example, or polish silverware.

Around three in ten said being tech savvy and skilled at negotiating deals were more important in the modern age, although 28 percent said it was still worth being a good cook.

Overall, 43 percent of the 2 000 women surveyed by the website My Nametags feel they are more fulfilled than their mothers were at their age and 71 percent believe they have a better work-life balance.