[Ads-l] RES: planers, sawyers and snags

David Daniel dad at COARSECOURSES.COM
Tue Dec 6 12:06:20 EST 2016


Thanks! Could well be an enshrined typo. There are over 400 hits for
"planers, sawyers, and snags on the Mississippi" (in quotes for exact hits),
and zero for "planters, sawyers, and snags on the Mississippi", but all the
former could have come from one typoed source, maybe in the 1824 Act itself.
And "planters" certainly seems to fit the bill, with "sawyers" being trees
actually growing on the riverbed.
Thanks again,
DAD

Enviada em: terça-feira, 6 de dezembro de 2016 14:32
Para: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Assunto: Re: planers, sawyers and snags

Poster:       Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: planers, sawyers and snags
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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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