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Re: Throw away your resistographs

Subject: Re: Throw away your resistographs
From: anthony mills
Date: Dec 14 2008 11:16:39
What Ho Rodger!  Eat'emology?  I'm sorry but for someone with a taste for
puns, that is quite wonderful.   And.. when Keith Yates was teaching me
felling of medium size trees, I was surprised that he took nearly 30 minutes
[maybe he'd had a hard night] setting up the cuts to lodge the ity bit of
topknot on a 30" Douglas into the next for me to winch down, while my 2
fellow trainees, contractors come down all the way from Cumbria to Bristol,
were knocking them down and snedding up every few minutes.  It was stop,
look, check your cut placement, angles, distances, don't be afraid to take
the time to get it right.  It made a deep impression on me that in this
game, accuracy is critical, and lives hang on getting it correct, and that
the best attend to the detail necessary for a proper job.
Now while language is a thing which lives in the mouths of those who speak
and write it, it is as vulnerable to corruption, degradation and misuse as
anything else.  A while ago it became fashionable amongst many who very well
knew better to say ''pacific'' instead of ''specific''.  I am sorry but I
found this infuriating, stupid, and contributing no useful additional
meaning to the word as correctly used.
So frass is insect faeces and wood dust is wood dust or wood drillings.  Why
not say what it is?
fuddy duddy Anthony Mills

2008/12/14 Rodger Taylor <>

----- Original Message ----- From: "Jerry Ross" <>
To: "UK Tree Care" <>
Sent: Saturday, December 13, 2008 4:43 PM
Subject: Re: Throw away your resistographs

Rodger Taylor wrote:

----- Original Message ----- From: "Mike Ellison" <>

 I think that I have already picked up three instances in this thread
where the word 'frass' (insect faeces) has been used to >describe woody
debris. It could inadvertently slip into common mis-usage.

Isn't frass the woody debris a wood-boring insect leaves behind as it
bores, not faeces. So using the word to describe the sawdust left behing by
a drill may not be so wrong.

Etymology - From Old High German fraz, frezzan (German fressen), to eat.
Noun;  Singular.
Plural:  frass (uncountable)

 1. The droppings or excrement of insects."

Good Lord - We''ll be calling the stock of a tree a "monolith" next!!

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