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Which threads are stretched lengthwise in the loom: the warp or the weft?




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Answer: the warp

In weaving, the threads that are stretched length-wise in the loom are called the warp and the threads that are interlaced horizontally are called either the weft or the woof.

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The word "weft" may not be as strange as it looks. I suspect that it is an archaic past participle of "weave," following the pattern of "leave" and "left," and "bereave" and "bereft." At some point, I guess, it simply weft the Engwish wanguage.

"Woof" looks suspiciously similar to "wove," and isn't the double "o" spelling characteristic of Old or Middle English (e.g. Moot)for the sound "o" as in "grow"?
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