And Stone Henge... Quoting: IAMIAM
Ok already, holy shit,
I know the origins of the word!
"Leaving aside various fanciful derivations we may trace the word mason to the French maçon (Latin matio or machio), "a builder of walls" or "a stone-cutter" (cf. German Steinmetz, from metzen, "to cut"; and Dutch vrijmetselaar).
The compound term Freemason occurs first in 1375 according to a recently found writing, even prior to 1155  and, contrary to Gould  means primarily a mason of superior skill, though later it also designated one who enjoyed the freedom, or the privilege, of a trade guild.  In the former sense it is commonly derived from freestone-mason, a mason hewing or building in free (ornamental) stone in opposition to a rough (stone) mason.  This derivation, though harmonizing with the meaning of the term, seemed unsatisfactory to some scholars. Hence Speth proposed to interpret the word freemasons as referring to those masons claiming exemption from the control of local guilds of the towns, where they temporarily settled.  In accordance with this suggestion the "New English Dictionary of the Philological Society" (Oxford, 1898) favours the interpretation of freemasons as skilled artisans, emancipated according to the medieval practice from the restrictions and control of local guilds in order that they might be able to travel and render services, wherever any great building (cathedral, etc.) was in process of construction. These freemasons formed a universal craft for themselves, with a system of secret signs and passwords by which a craftsman, who had been admitted on giving evidence of competent skill, could be recognized. On the decline of Gothic architecture this craft coalesced with the mason guilds."
[link to www.newadvent.org
My very naivety and ignorance of the subject make a perfect defender, lol, because we're forced to make this steep learning curve together :)
I hate to quote so much, but this is where I'm getting my information - the Catholic Encyclopedia, and the Vatican,
[link to www.vatican.va
and it seems to me, they are very well researched, with the most credible sources.
You can debunk it of you want, but read it first, I'm tired of answering questions that are already contained in the encyclopedia, please give me something new I haven't heard before, I have been on GLP a very long time.