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LUG

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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 115 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LUG, a verb meaning to pull a heavy object, to drag, now mainly used colloquially. It is probably Scandinavian in origin; the Swedish lugg, forelock, lock of hair, gives lugga, to pull, tug; and " lug " in some north-eastern English dialects is still chiefly used in the sense of pulling a person's hair. " Luggage," passengers' baggage, means by origin that which has to be " lugged " about. The Scandinavian word may be also the source of " lug," in the sense of " ear," in Scotland the regular dialectical word, and in English commonly applied to the ear-shaped handles of metal or earthenware pots, pitchers, &c. If so the word means something that can be pulled or tugged. This is also possibly the origin of the " lug " or " lug-sail," a four-sided sail attached to a yard which is hung obliquely to the mast, whence probably the name " lugger " of a sailing-vessel with two or three masts and fore and aft lug-sails. The word may, however, be connected with the Dutch logger, a fishing-boat using drag-nets. " Lug " is also the name of a marine worm, Arenicola marina, used as bait.
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