One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A unit for measuring cloth, formerly 37 inches but now equivalent to a standard yard (36 inches).
- ‘Typically about six feet long and made of a single piece of seasoned yew, free of knots, the longbow had a draw strength of about 100 pounds, and usually shot steel tipped arrows a cloth yard long.’
- ‘The weavers were paid according to their production in cloth yards and got very belligerent if their yarn boy was tardy with the yarn or put it on wrong, shutting down the loom.’
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