It’s the timbre of your voice that’ll make all the difference *not* when yelling TIMBER! just before that tree falls down.
This was actually just a one-off I noted (and mentally corrected as I read) when some character was bringing timbre into his workshop. I suppose he could have been talking or singing to himself, even though the writer never indicated that…
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: timber and timbre; Free Dictionary: timber; Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms: timber; Merriam-Webster; Collins Dictionary|
|Part of Grammar:|
Verb, intransitive & transitive
Plural for noun: timbres
A lumberjack’s call to warn those in the vicinity that a cut tree is about to fall to the ground
[Chiefly U.S.] Wooded land
[Nautical; in a ship’s frame] One of the curved pieces of wood that spring upward and outward from the keel
[Collective noun] Animal skins, furs
To support with timber
|[Acoustics, Phonetics] The character or quality given to a sound by its overtones (and not from its pitch and loudness), such as:
[Music] The characteristic quality of sound produced by a particular instrument or voice
[Phonetics] The distinctive tone quality differentiating one vowel or sonant from another
We cried Timber! as our tree fell.
It was a small, charming timber building.
We need those contracts to cut timber.
“The horn timber comes up from the top of the shaft log and forms a curved backbone all the way to the transom” (Mystic Seaport).
She is frequently hailed as presidential timber.
A timber fell from the roof.
Hunters have brought in a timber of ermine skins, marten skins, mink skins, and beaver skins.
Use a thwart saw when timbering wood across the wood grain.
|He uses trumpet mutes with different timbres to get that sound.
He has a voice high in pitch but rich in timbre.
His voice had a deep timbre.
The timbre of the violin is far richer than that of the mouth organ.
“For that rich, easy timbre you forgive his wooden acting.” – Times, Sunday Times, 2011
|Adjective: timbered, timberless, timbery
Noun: timbering, timberland, timberline, timberwork, timberyard
|History of the Word:|
|Old English in the sense of a building, also building material. It is of Germanic origin and related to the German Zimmer meaning room, from an Indo-European root meaning build.||Mid-19th century from the French, which is from the medieval Greek timbanon, which is itself from the Greek tumpanon meaning drum.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!