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why is it called a monkey wrench?
asked Nov 27, 2010 by triuser (1,751 points)

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One is the Charles Moncke, a London blacksmith invented this tool and the name quickly became corrupted to "monkey". Some doubt this because the British called this invention a spanner, not a wrench.

Second, the Boston Transcript credited a Yankee named Monk, employed by Bemis and Call in Springfield with inventing this tool in 1856.

answered Jan 2, 2011 by trianswer (22,754 points)