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. 


  1. 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.

  2. Timber must have got switched here as a falling it goes

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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