Timber/timbre

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3 comments on this post.
  1. JD Hawthorne:

    I was wondering if the French “tomber” meaning to fall, is the root meaning for yelling “timber” when felling a tree. Quebec was, and is known for its forestry. To yell “falling” makes better sense to me. The English speakers probably heard this as “timber”

  2. What's in a Name? East Falls, Philadelphia: Street by Street - East Falls House:

    […] There appear to be a lot of trees here, but lumberjacks disagree on whether to yell “TIMBER” when chopping one […]

  3. Anonymous:

    Actually, the modern French word is “tomber,” but the Arcadian word is “timber” and the likely source of the warning.

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