[Ads-l] planers, sawyers and snags

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 6 11:37:32 EST 2016


I agree. I wonder if some woodworking landlubber thought planers made more
sense with sawyers.

On Dec 6, 2016 11:31 AM, "Ben Zimmer" <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

> Suspect it should be "planters." OED def 9 for "planter" is: "U.S. regional
> (chiefly Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley). A snag formed by a tree trunk
> embedded in a more or less erect position in a river." Was a typo enshrined
> somewhere along the way?
>
> On Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 10:24 AM, David Daniel <dad at coarsecourses.com>
> wrote:
>
> > An 1824 Act of Congress included in the Army Corps of Engineers'
> > responsibilities "to remove sand bars on the Ohio and planers, sawyers,
> and
> > snags on the Mississippi" rivers. I can't find "planers" in this sense
> > anywhere. Perhaps someone out there with OED access?
> > Thanks,
> > DAD
> >
> >
> >
>
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