Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Fact of the Day: Lumber Timber

In North American English, sawn wood is known as lumber. Outside of North American, English speakers typically call it timber. 

11 comments:

Fundy Blue said...

I've always associated timber with a yelled warning: "Timber!" That meant a tree was coming down, and you'd better not be in its path.

Bob Bushell said...

Timber!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pat Hatt said...

Timber must have got switched here as a falling it goes

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Interesting distinction.

Joanne Noragon said...

My most important source of knowledge here is Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion. A friend calls it the best American novel. I recommend it totally. Now, without cracking the book to see how wood is referenced, I would say this fact needs more research, since we do say timber for falling trees.

Christine said...

Interesting.

Gloria Baker said...

really interesting Adam!

Mary Kirkland said...

I've always known it as lumber.

Martha said...

That's pretty interesting.

Huggybear said...

Here in Australia - both words are used. Lumber and Timber.
Where the logs are processed for building purposes, the yards
are sometimes called "LUMBER YARDS" and on other signs "TIMBER YARDS".
I don't think it really matters.
Colin

Birgit said...

I grew up on a sawmill so I know lumber yards but my dad would often say he had to go scale some timber.