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Keywords:

  • clench;
  • etymology;
  • nails;
  • rivet;
  • technical terminology;
  • wooden boatbuilding

Definitions of the terms ‘clench’ and ‘rivet’ proposed by A. E. Christensen are evaluated using the etymology of those terms and recent usage. An alternative definition of ‘clench’, is proposed, and definitions of ‘hooked nail’ and ‘turned nail’ are introduced. It is suggested that the term ‘rivet’ should be restricted to ferrous fastenings used with metal plates.

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