German has several words for woodworkers, e.g.:

While looking into the above (in response to a question about my surname) I recently found the enigmatic aphorism:

Einen Zimmermann erkennt man an den Spänen.

which translates more-or-less into:

A carpenter is known by his chips.

... whatever that means!

(cf. MarkZimmermann, ...)

TopicLanguage - TopicHumor - TopicPersonalHistory - 2005-06-27

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