Canvass: To conduct a public-opinion survey; to solicit votes or opinions; to scrutinize; to debate or discuss.
In this U.S. election season – and in the Philippines’, I’ve discovered – canvass makes frequent appearances in media reports. From the spelling, you’d infer that it’s related to canvas, the sturdy woven fabric used for making sails, clothing, and surfaces for painting. And you’d be correct. But what’s the connection?