Where Did the Word Plumber Come From?


Ancient civilizations developed plumbing systems to provide fresh water and remove waste from their cities. The word "plumber" has a shorter history and has evolved to its modern usage over several centuries.


  • "Plumber" is defined as a person who installs and repairs pipes and fixtures related to water, drainage or gas systems.


  • The word "plumber" dates from the 14th century and has its roots in the Latin word "plumbum," which means lead.


  • Ancient Romans used the word "plumbarius" to refer to a craftsman who worked with lead. The word was later shortened to "plumber."


  • In the 19th century, the meaning of the word changed to include professionals who worked with water pipes, which were often made of lead.

Fun Fact

  • During the Nixon Administration, the "plumbers" were a group of government agents tasked with stopping information leaks to the press.

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