On Fri, 08 Jun 2018 09:09:43 -0700, Richard Yates
Post by Richard Yates Post by Ken Blake
On Fri, 8 Jun 2018 03:11:38 -0700 (PDT), Madrigal Gurneyhalt
Post by J. J. Lodder
I never managed to deduct duct tape, once it had ducted,
After years of believing that everyone who said "duck tape" instead of
"duct tape" was wrong, a few years ago I read somewhere (I can't
remember where) that it's actually "duck tape," or at least originally
was. The name comes from soldiers who used that kind of tape to seal
their boots and ammunition boxes against water.
Is this correct, or is it something else I believe in error.
I heard that the term comes from "duck canvas" a heavy, plain woven
cotton fabric as this kind of cloth is/was the backing for duck tape.
Having already known the term "duck canvas", this story rang true for
Etymology: Known only from 17th cent.; apparently < 17th cent.
Dutch doeck ‘linnen or linnen cloath’ (Hexham 1678); = German tuch,
Icelandic dúkr, Swedish duk.
1. A strong untwilled linen (or later, cotton) fabric, lighter and
finer than canvas; used for small sails and men's (esp. sailors')
In the earlier half of the 19th cent. much worn for trousers.
duck tape n. a strong adhesive tape made of waterproofed cotton
fabric (a proprietary name in the United States); cf. duct tape n.
at duct n. Additions.
In quot. 1899 the sense is apparently ‘a decorative strip of
1899 Daily Picayune (New Orleans) 8 Feb. 3/5 In the washable
suits for later wear pique and duck tape take the lead, especially
in white and dark blue.
1902 Brooklyn Daily Eagle 21 Nov. 15/2 Considering..that 100,000
yards of cotton duck tape must be wrapped around the cable [of the
Williamsburg bridge] with neatness and exactitude, it may be
imagined that this method of cable preservation is quite
duct tape n. [perhaps an alteration of earlier duck tape n. at
duck n.3 Additions] orig. N. Amer. a strong cloth-backed waterproof
adhesive tape, originally used for sealing joints in heating and
ventilation ducts, and (later) for holding electrical cables
securely in place, now in widespread general use esp. to repair,
secure, or connect a range of appliances, fixtures, and equipment;
cf. gaffer tape n. at gaffer n. Additions.
gaffer tape n. (also gaffa tape, gaffer's tape) [after use of the
tape by electricians for holding electrical cables securely in
place] a strong, cloth-backed, waterproof, adhesive tape (cf. duck
tape n. at duck n.3 Additions, duct tape n. at duct n. Additions).
Peter Duncanson, UK