From the Archives & Special Collections: Logger Talk

fromArchives_Sept7Once a Logger always a Logger. But according to Guy Williams, there is more to being a Logger than just wearing maroon and white. Williams’s book, Logger-Talk: Some Notes on the Jargon of the Pacific Northwest is a dictionary for the original logger. It really is unfortunate that a lot of these words are no longer used. Back in the day, a logger was called a timber-beat, which is definitely more fitting, and a hen-fruit was an egg. According to the book, Fake is the most used word in a logger’s vocabulary, “if he can’t think of anything instanter it’s a fake; also used as a verb, as fake up a batch of biscuits.” Check out more logger worthy words in the Archives & Special Collections.

The Archives & Special Collections is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Sierra Scott

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