6. Juni 2018

Timber and Lumber

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You know, “I love” Merriam-Webster’s “Word of the Day”!
You can subsribe here.
Then you’ll get a rare word a day via email. You can ignore the mails, you even can unsubscribe.
   Recently lumber caught my eye. (I own a small forest, you know).


Timber

May I give away the secret:
   timber are trees, alive and growing, usually, but sometimes already lumbered, i.e. cut dead.
A lumberjack is the one who did it.
   Most Europeans just know shoes from “Timberland”, in the US:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Timberland_Company 

Lumber

Lingusitically the exciting part is about lumber. Read here:
https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/lumber-word-history-lombard

Lumber stems from Lombardy, LombardiaLombardei in German. Ethymologically the origin is Langbart, long beard, and that sounds reasonable. Beard in all forms used to be very popular in all Europe, see Bart at Grimm’s.

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