He stinks at line-dancing, too


In “Taking Measure” in issue 275 (July 2021), Dave Campbell mentioned cutting “100 lineal feet” with a cordless router. Although Webster’s dictionary considers the words “linear” and “lineal” synonymous, “linear” is the preferred usage in this context. “Lineal” pertains more to ancestry, as in “lineage.”

—Rodge Cramer via e-mail

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