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.
During the Nixon Administration, the "plumbers" were a group of government agents tasked with stopping information leaks to the press.
- Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language; 1996
- Online Etymology Dictionary: Plumber
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