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