Ah, Election Day, that day when a candidate canvasses neighborhoods for the last time. Or is it “canvases”? Whether you’re happy with election results or not, we can all agree on one thing:
gay marriage, states’ rights, rooster ownership laws, “canvas” and “canvass” are two different words.
“Canvas” is the material one might paint upon. It’s something hung upon your wall or the material that makes up a bag. As a verb, it can mean to cover with canvas.
“To canvass” is to campaign, stump, or solicit votes. It can also mean to thoroughly discuss.
This one came to my attention recently in a caught typo, but it seemed like a timely one. You have many civic duties. I know knowing proper word choice isn’t necessarily one of them, but I hold that it’s important. (If you didn’t get that from me already.)
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