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The Police Don’t “Canvass” Using a “Canvas”


Watch any police procedural drama and eventually an episode will air in which the boss demands his/her underlings ask everybody in the neighborhood what each person saw.

The officer is requesting a canvass, a survey in which people solicit opinions or information to determine the truth about something. Canvass also is a verb meaning the action of doing said survey.

Unless the officer is a sketch artist, the officer is NOT requesting a canvas, a piece of cloth used for clothing, sailing or painting (oil on canvas). Even then, sketch artists use paper. Can you imagine how long it would take to catch someone if police had to wait for Raphael, Rembrandt or Leonardo to finish? (Could Mona Lisa really be a wanted poster?)

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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December 17, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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