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  • Terminology??

    I wonder if a scroll sawer should more properly be referred to as a scroll sawyer??
    Last edited by Randy; 03-02-2007, 01:43 PM.

  • #2
    Don't think so...sawyer is an occupational term meaning one who cuts logs into boards. Similar, but not quite the same thing.
    Jeff Powell


    • #3
      Well I have to go with Randy on this one.

      I knew a shingle sawyer who sawed shingles.
      Sawyer by definition is one who saws and dates back to the 13 century,
      There are other definitions which agree with Jeff. but they were more common in the logging industry.

      When I looked for the definition of sawer, the PC said do you mean sawyer.
      Maybe the whole world is wrong and we just don't know it.

      We have used both for so long I don't think anyone is going to have a coniption.

      I am sure in 50 years time there will be another name or pronunciation, there is nothing permanent in the English language.

      It is cool to run a spell checker though

      PS to Rob I don't have access privileges to the online one anymore.
      "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
      Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21


      • #4
        I disagree:

        Word is similar to law and lawyer.

        Saw can be a noun or a verb. But when referred to a person who does sawing, I think the spelling rules require the use of -yer suffix when the word ends in "aw".

        I am looking up the reference, but Google is not being kind to me today.



        • #5
          you disagree with who? or you agree to disagree? I wouldn't know, it all sounds plausible to me. Perhaps we got lazy again and tossed the y.
          Jeff Powell


          • #6
            My Websters' Dictionary says. Sawyer is one whose work is sawing wood.
            It doesn't have the word Sawer in it.

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            • #7
              then... Sawyer it is!!! LOl, dale
              Dale w/ yella saws


              • #8
                What's in a name? That which we call a rose
                By any other word would smell as sweet.

                --From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
                There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
                (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)


                • #9
                  The best I can come up with doing several Google searchs on Rules of Spelling, and then working for a while:

                  When adding the suffix -er to to a noun to change the meaning of the noun to "one who..."

                  And if the word ends in a consonant preceded by a vowel, change suffix to -ier

                  however, if the consonant is the letter W change the suffix letter I to Y as in -yer.

                  There are only three common words (nouns) that end in -wyer to denote "one who...":
                  Law - Lawyer
                  Saw - Sawyer
                  bow - Bowyer (one who makes and sells bows for archery.)

                  (but Gill is correct, again.)



                  • #10
                    sawer , sawyer, my tomato, your tomatoe why dont we just say wood scrollers


                    • #11
                      sawer or sawyer....

                      my spell checker doesn't work for me eather...
                      it said my privilage has been taken away what did I do??

                      Hawk G-4 Jetcraft
                      Fish are food, not friends!


                      • #12
                        I saw all of this coming when I first commented

                        I must be a seer...or would that be...nevermind!
                        CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
                        "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
                        Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21


                        • #13
                          Webster online said this when you pull up a definition for sawer

                          1. One who saws; a sawyer.

                          Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

                          "SAWER" is a common misspelling or typo for: saber, saver, sawed, sawyer, sewer, swear.


                          • #14
                            I don't trust the spellcheck on here - it says i spell colour incorrectly

                            Scrolling with a Dewalt 788


                            • #15
                              ya ought to see that thar spell checker here in Kentucky IAN

                              It jest aint got that thar proper terminology


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