Did you canvass the views of editors?

If the writer for Yahoo! Makers had canvassed the views of editors, she might have learned that canvas is a noun (and only a noun) that refers to a heavy fabric. If she wanted to take a survey or poll, or wanted to scrutinize a subject, she might have learned that the word is canvass:

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Covering the sidewalks with canvas and other stupid mistakes

After canvassing this paragraph on Yahoo! Shine, I can only conclude that the writer has no idea where to put a hyphen:

She also doesn’t realize that canvas and canvass are homophones with very different meanings. Canvas is a heavy, coarse cloth; canvass (with an additional S) means to examine carefully or to conduct a poll or survey.


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