This is the full read-only archive of the "Ask the Wordwizard" section of the original Wordwizard site. The responses to the questions originate from Jonathon Green, the compiler of the Cassell Dictionary of Slang and numerous other dictionaries.
I am interested in the origin of the word "lumberjack"
Submitted by Abraham Lincoln (Washington DC - U.S.A.)
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Lumberjack combines the words lumber, timber, and jack, a generic for a man.
Signature: Jonathon Green