Thanks very much Morsa, those are great links. I have them book marked now!
As a wanna be amateur philologist and lexicographer I am always intrigued by the origin of some of the terms like; Snipe for woodworking, means the gouge taken at beginning and end of a planer cut. In the dictionary there is not a reference to it for woodworking that I could find. The meaning of it for woodworking doesn't relate in anyway to the definitions that I can tell, even as a transitive verb and the word originated in the 14th century Norse for the bird. My guess is someone used it as "it took a snipe at the wood" like a transitive verb and it stuck. Cope, coping and scarf follow that same tendency of derivation I think. Thank goodness for the search engine and all that is available to us now...however complex or simple.
Didn't mean to hijack your thread and build but I am grateful to learn these things. ~PJ