A simple trip through any developing, urban landscape will put the importance of scaffolding into perspective. As one of the most fundamental practices in construction and expansion, scaffolding holds an important place in the development and advancement of any growing country. Although this pivotal practice spans back to ancient times, the colloquial term for this profession is much more recent. In their latest blog post, Safeway Scaffolding explore the etymology of ‘scaffolding’ to see where this feature of construction truly originated from.
As you may be aware from our previous blog post, the premise of scaffolding was developed by the Ancient Greeks. The form of scaffolding practiced by the Greeks, however, was a far cry from the role it has in our society today. The term ‘falicum’ simply refers to a wooden gallery or tower, and has no reference to aiding construction whatsoever, yet this is the earliest etymological record of a term relating to the practice of scaffolding.
As we step away from Ancient times and into slightly more modern history, we begin to see references of scaffolding relative to structures and platforms. The term ‘Chafaud’, relates to a platform or scaffold used for the executions of criminals, and the natural development of the word from Norman dialect provides us with the current French term of échafaudage.
Although they we may have unearthed where the first mention of scaffolding in relation to platforms and structures has derived from, we have still yet to unearth the origin of the specific term of ‘scaffolding’. Well, this term also derives from Norman dialect, with the term ‘Schaffaut’, which describes a platform to see a tournament from, eventually transforming into the term ‘scaffalde’, and eventually, scaffold.
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