Why does the plumber have a b?

It underwent a sound change by eliminating the final b, but since the number is monomorphemic (everything is a fragment of meaning, while Plumber is composed of plomb+er) and syllabifies b as the beginning of the second syllable, b remains pronounced. As an epilogue to the above, the plumber comes from the Latin root plumbum, which means lead. A classical Latin plumber is a lead worker, and Roman pipes were invariably made of lead. Nowadays, regardless of whether the pipes are lead, iron, copper or plastic, they are all serviced by plumbers.

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