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Nels is correct about the term dry rot--- as opposed to wet or soaking
rot.  Wood that is wet enough to dry rot still seems dry as compared to
wet or submerged wood.  USDA has lots of research/info on dry rot.
Bob Kazanjy (old house owner & experienced dry rot fighter)

On Thu, 3 Jun 1999 NRoselund(--nospam--at) wrote:

> I came across an interesting possibility; perhaps a source for what we think 
> to be the misnomer "dry rot".... Could it have come from the old mariners?  
> Wood that is continuously submerged doesn't rot, but if exposed to air, it 
> may.  Perhaps "dry" wood aboard ship wasn't what we would consider to be dry 
> wood in a building.  Any etymologists out there?
> Nels Roselund
> Structural Engineer