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Plo­mo and Plumber

Plumber comes from the Latin plumbum, for “lead.” A plumber orig­i­nal­ly meant some­one who works with (par­tic­u­lar­ly smelts) lead. These men, over time, worked most­ly with pipes (made of lead!) and even­tu­al­ly dealt more and more with the pipes that car­ry wa­ter in­to (or out of) homes and build­ings. So lead­work­ers be­came plumbers.

In­ter­est­ing­ly, the Span­ish for “lead” (plo­mo) comes from the same Latin root. We can see the pl‑m root in words in both lan­guages.


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