On Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 12:50:21 PM UTC-4, James Wilkinson wrote:
That would be a "roller".
It could also be a student, a doctor, a lawyer, a construction worker, a football player, a truck driver, a cop, a priest, an actuary, a biologist,
a draftsman, an innkeeper, a plasterer, a tumbler, a yodeler, a novelist...
That use goes back a long way.
1. A person who makes calculations or computations; a calculator, a
reckoner; spec. a person employed to make calculations in an
observatory, in surveying, etc. Now chiefly hist.
1613 ‘R. B.’ Yong Mans Gleanings 1, I haue read the truest
computer of Times, and the best Arithmetician that euer breathed,
and he reduceth thy dayes into a short number.
1646 Sir T. Browne Pseudodoxia Epidemica vi. vi. 289 The
Calenders of these computers .
1704 Swift Tale of Tub vii. 140 A very skillful Computer, who
hath given a full Demonstration of it from Rules of Arithmetick.
1855 D. Brewster Mem. Life I. Newton (new ed.) II. xviii. 162 To
pay the expenses of a computer for reducing his observations.
1893 Publ. Amer. Econ. Assoc. 8 23 Some curious computer makes
out the cost of electing a President for these United States to be
four hundred millions of dollars.
Before the elctronic computer came along there were mechanical
Electronic computers came into use during WWII.
There is a kind of tool called a jointer, which is like
a planer; and there is a kind of tool called a joiner,
aka a biscuit joiner, which is used to cut high precision
slots for a "biscuit join".
I always wanted to stop in and chat but were working trips and were
always out at the plant before they were open and by time were back
wasn't that high on my list of priorities of the day any longer... :)
I worked with a slew of Limeys in Zambia - several were from
Liverpool, one was actually a Scott - and another was a Cockney. And
then there was an Orangeman as well. half of them used "cramp" instead
of "clamp" for holding something in place with clamps or straps. And
the Orangeman wouldn't have known a clamp if it was tightened on his
On Thu, 14 Jul 2016 01:15:46 +0100, James Wilkinson wrote:
We do. It's an intransitive verb that is usually only actioned by
- Due to the cold, my fist cramped closed.
- Don't yawn too hard or your digastricus might cramp.
I suppose that it is also correct to designate 'to cramp' a transitive
verb which requires musculature as a direct object. It is possible to
deliberately cramp a muscle, but normally this is not done due to the
That could be an advantage if the pain is somebody else's. In my
childhood, boys believed that a punch to the right spot on the upper arm
or thigh could cause a cramp, called a Charlie horse.
Friend 1: What horse won the Kentucky Derby?
Friend 2: I don't know.
Friend 1 (punches him): Charlie horse!
It hurt, but I never felt or saw it cause a cramp, and anyway we didn't
use "cramp" as a transitive verb.
"Charlie horse" was discussed in a.u.e. recently. The origin seems to
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