a load of logs
- Yule log: a big hunk of wood burned as a Christmas or Yule tradition. Some places, like the town of Beulah, Colorado, have Yule Log Festival.
- The WPIX Yule Log Special: a televised broadcast of a log burning in a fireplace.
- Bûche de Noël: a cake shaped like a log that is a traditional Christmastime dessert in France.
- easy as falling off a log: an idiom meaning very easy to do. Doesn’t usually involve the bruising or fractures that might happen from actually falling off a log.
- log: an abbreviation of logarithm
- ship’s log: a weighted piece of wood once used to measure the speed of a ship. It was attached to a rope with knots tied at set intervals, and tossed overboard:
It was tossed overboard attached to a line having knots in it at known distances. The number of knots played out, correlated with a reading from a special sandglass, called a log glass, gave the ship’s speed. The term knot, meaning one nautical mile per hour, comes from the knots in the log line.
- ship’s log: a shortening of “ship’s logbook,” a journal where the ship’s speed and other events were, um, logged.
- weblog, or “blog”: a website where short articles are published in reverse chronological order. A quaint custom of the early 2000s. Typically used to share in-depth political analyses, complain about in-laws or share horror stories of ingrown toenails.
- logjam: a blockage caused by logs clogging a waterway. Also used metaphorically to mean a clog or blockage. As in “I can’t get any work done due to this logjam of blog posts in my feed reader.”
- “Log Jamming”: a fictitious porn movie from The Big Lebowski.
- log rolling: a sport involving balancing on a log that’s rolling in water.
- saw logs: a pair of homophonous expressions pertaining to lumber and slumber. The noun is about big pieces of wood that can be sawed. The verb is about snoring.
- logger: a person who works in the logging trade, also known as a lumberjack. When not sawing logs, lumberjacks like to put on women’s clothing and hang around in bars:
- log cabin: A house constructed of logs.
- Log Cabin: a brand of maple syrup that used to come in a log cabin-shaped tin.
- Abraham Lincoln: a United States president who (among his other accomplishments) was born in a log cabin.
- Lincoln Logs: building toys shaped like little logs, traditionally made out of wood.
- Log: “It’s big, it’s heavy, it’s wood.” A product with a catchy commercial and jingle: “…it fits on your back, good for a snack, it’s log log log…” (Really it’s from Ren & Stimpy.)
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