In today’s Adventure in Etymology we’re looking at the word nogging.
A nogging [ˈnɒɡɪŋ] is:
- a short horizontal timber member used between the studs of a framed partition
- masonry or brickwork between the timber members of a framed construction
- a number of wooden pieces fitted between the timbers of a half-timbered wall
A nogging is also known as a nog or dwang (in Scotland and New Zealand), and comes from the verb to nog (to fill in with brickwork, to fasten with treenails) [source].
It is unclear where nogging or nog come from – possibly from Scots, where the noun nog means a peg, pin or small block of wood, and the verb to nog means to drive in a peg, post or the like [source]
Nogging should not be confused with noggin (a small mug, cup or ladle; a small measure of spirits or a slang word for head), the origins of which are unknown [source].
Here’s a video I made of this information:
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