While canvas is an alternative spelling for canvass, please try to contain it to Scrabble or Boggle! My first reaction to seeing canvas used to discuss a poll or getting people to vote is going to be wondering if the people are going to be wrapped up in a thick, heavy tarp and forced to vote. Whereas if someone uses canvass when the topic is sailing, well, I always thought there was only supposed to be one captain on a ship!
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com and Wiktionary|
|Part of Grammar:|
Alternative spelling for canvass
Alternative spelling for canvas
To describe the material used in something
Used to make sails and tents
Surface for oil painting
As a basis for creative work
Floor of a boxing or wrestling ring
A type of base material used for embroidery or tapestry
Tapering ends of a racing boat that were originally covered by canvas
[computer graphics] Region on which graphics can be rendered
Act or process of attempting to secure votes or ascertain opinions
I like using canvas bags for my groceries.
I’ll need to stretch that canvas before I can paint.
The author takes rural midwestern life as a canvas for a series of tightly woven character studies (Wiktionary).
HTML5 and CSS 3 combine to allow both the programmer and the end-user to draw on a canvas.
We will need to do a house-to-house canvass.
They promised to canvass all member clubs for their views.
They’re canvassing support among shareholders.
The issues that were canvassed are still unresolved.
They’re canvassing the ward this week.
|Adjective: canvaslike||Adjective: uncanvassed, well-canvassed
Noun: canvasser, precanvass
Verb: precanvass (used with object), undercanvass
|History of the Word:|
|First known use: 13th century
Late Middle English from the Old Northern French canevas, based on the Latin cannabis meaning hemp, from the Greek kannabis.
|First known use: 1508
Early 16th century, in the sense of toss in a canvas sheet, as a sport or punishment.
Mid-16th century saw this sense extended to include criticize, discuss, and propose for discussion, which led to seek support for.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?