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An ombudsman resolves disputes from a neutral or impartial viewpoint. If you have a problem with your student loan that can't be solved by going through the usual procedures, you can contact the Department of Education's ombudsman at www.ombudsman.ed.govAnswer: It comes from the Old Swedish term umbuðsmann and the word umbuds man, meaning "representative." The first preserved use is in Swedish.
- In 1241 in the Danish Law of Jutland, the term was umbozman and referred to a royal civil in a hundred.
- Since 1552, it is also used in the other Scandinavian languages: in Icelandic, umboðsmaður, in Norwegian, ombudsmann, and in Danish, ombudsmand.
The modern use of the term began with the Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsman instituted in 1809 to safeguard the rights of citizens by establishing a supervisory agency independent of the executive branch.Source: Wikipedia
The More You Know: A hundred was a geographic subdivision used in many places in Europe and Australia. In the 17th Century US, counties in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania were divided into hundreds. They still exist in Delaware and were used as voting districts until the 1960s. Martin's Hundred was an old plantation in Virginia. The term does not mean 100 acres or anything like that, but perhaps "a hundred men under arms."