Sunday, August 23, 2009

Draughtsman


English has perfectly good words to describe a "painter," "sculptor," or "animator." Why don't we have an ordinary word for someone who draws?

(By the way, these hands are by the supreme drawdiddler John Sargent.)

29 comments:

Don Cox said...

Simply because the word "drawer" is already in use for something else. Perhaps the way out is to use two spellings, "drawer" and "dror" - like "program" and "programme", or "artist" and "artiste".

Drew said...

I'll vote for "drawdiddler", haha!

I always hated the word drawer (which I suppose is a weird thing to hate, a word.) It never felt like it properly worked as a definition, and at least to me, never sounded right in that context.

Today, the captcha suggests the word "mismim" as an alternative.

Susan Adsett said...

Don: would drawerre work? Although drawdiddler certainly has it's charms...

jeff jordan said...

DRAWRER--Mike Myers on SNL as Simon, who does DRAWRINGS in the tub. Don't look at his BUM...........

Peter Underhill said...

Draughtee? Draftist? Draughticator?
Whatever the word, we Brits would probably spell it differently.

Erik Bongers said...

I vote for simply "drawer".
And then rename that piece of furniture to... a slider, a shifter, a puller?

Hey,I just double checked Webster's:
drawer : 1 : one that draws: as a : a person who draws liquor
b : draftsman
c : one that draws a bill of exchange or order for payment or makes a promissory note


So the word 'drawer' IS already assigned to this!
We just need to revive it's usage!

Erik Bongers said...

I will put it on my bussines card:

Erik Bongers,
Belgian comical book drawer.

(it used to be "Belgian comical bookmaker", but somehow that always caused problems at customs)

eric said...

haha, whats wrong with draughtsman? or illistrator? picky picky....

Dan Gurney said...

It's interesting how words about drawing tend in English to associate with the pejorative: "He's a sketchy character." "It's not finished yet; it's only a draft." "There's a chilly draft coming from the window." "You want that in a bottle or on draft?"

Time for the creator of Dinotopia, with the assistance of his blogfellows to coin a new word! Add to your legacy...

r8r said...

What? Is 'doodler' out?

r8r said...

'scribbler'?


'scrivener'?

kev ferrara said...

The words "graphic" and "diagram" have deep connections to drawing etymologically.... drawing, outlining, tracing, to scratch on clay tablets, etc.

Also the word "line" can be used.

Graphicist, sketchographer, Linearist, Lineographer, Delineator, Diagrapher, Pictographer, etc.

Or maybe the name of the implement can be in the name, Pencilist, Crayonist, Implementor, Charcoalaholic...

kev

Reggienoble2 said...

From Chasing Amy:
Holden: Sorry about him, he's, uh, he's dealing with being an inker.
Alyssa: Oh... you trace.

Christian Supiot said...

HA HA! We have a word for "people who draw" in spanish :)

Dibujante. It have the same origin like dibujo (the object). And dibujar (the verb, to draw).

Tyler said...

I have to agree with eric here, 'draftsman' and 'illustrator' fit the bill to me (although I can see where draftsman is too gender specific).

To me, drawer has always sounded like a word that kids would make up, but so does 'stunk.'

Andrew Wales said...

In our area the kids tend to pronounce it "drawling", so maybe we could be drawlers.

Fun topic, although we are a persecuted bunch. Using the same word to describe drawing liquor. Hmph!

Joris van said...

In Dutch, like Spanish, we have a word for it; 'tekenaar', as 'to draw' is 'tekenen' in Dutch.

I'm all for reviving the use of the word drawer for this. Altough I love drawdiddler.

Cateris said...

I think Draftsman would have been the correct word if people like architects hadn't taken it as their own already.
If I told someone I was a draftsman, they'd start thinking blue paper and numbers and metal compasses.

OMWO said...

In Portugal we have no less tahn two words for it:

"Desenhador" or "Desenhista", where "desenho" is the word for "drawing".

Strangley enough, though, both words sound kinda weird, in the sense that if you say you are a "pintor" (painter) everyone understands what you mean, but if you say you are a "desenhador" most people look at you funny... like you are some sort of poor relation, or as if they are wondering what on earth you actually do.

Tristan Alexander said...

I usually just say "Artist", but since that covers SO much, maybe "sketch artist"?
While "Drawdiddler" is fun, it sounds a bit naughty to me (diddle has conotations). lol

Cole said...

Drawtographer.

NortonVirus said...

drawctor...like doctor...
No.
draw-ologist!...no...

Roberto said...

Crayologist. Delineator. Depictor. Descibbler. Draftinista. Drawmatist. Drawrite. Formalator. Limnalist. Linemaker. Leaderer or Leadwrite. Mapster. Marker. Pencilator. Sketchinographor. Sketchaholic. Tracewrite.
Old English was dragan, for one who drags, so how about Drawgan or Drawganer… or Drawnatopier! -RQ

Joan M. Mas said...

I've seen the term "drawer" a few times. Even if it is semantically correct, it still makes me think of the artist as a piece of furniture.

Roberto's list is great, I would add "pencil pusher".

zombietoaster said...

I say drawer, ofcourse people think Im crazy.

Jesus Estevez said...

I say draftsman, although English is not my first language, when I say draftsman every body understand

Moai said...

I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that it was only somewhat recently that I realized that "draught" was an alternate spelling of "draft." Before, I was pronouncing it "drot" in my head.

Tomfoolery said...

Hmm... That's a hard one, one that's plagued me a bit in my time. I've started going with "Draughtsman", but as a woman I find it hard to refer to myself that way. "Draughtswoman" is a bit rediculous. I could call myself drawdiddler (which I find hilarious), but then I might not be taken seriously.

JeanTraveling said...

Drawdiddler - Dibujante - Tekenaar - Desenhista

All wonderful words.

I usually just say 'artist' - it covers all the things I do.

Dan Gurney, about the pejorative words you mentioned . . . I was with you till you mentioned 'draft' beer, which is always superior to the stuff that comes in a bottle:-)