August 23, 2013
jigsaw (noun)
\JIG-saw\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: an electric saw with a narrow blade for cutting curved and irregular lines
How do you use it?
Dad used a jigsaw to cut the small curved pieces for the toy.
Are you a word wiz?

The word "jigsaw" comes from the word "saw" and the word "jig." One of the answers below correctly names the origin of "jig" in "jigsaw." We made the rest up! Which one do you think it is the correct answer?

If you chose C, do a little jig! The "jig" of "jigsaw" comes from the spritely dance known as a jig. Because of the up-and-down motion of the dance, the word "jig" soon gained a number of extended meanings, including one referring to any up-or-down motion. This sense gave us "jigsaw," as many jigsaws work by moving a very thin saw blade up and down rapidly. If you picked D, you were right in connecting jigsaws with the puzzle, but jigsaw puzzles got their name because they were originally made by jigsaws.
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