TRIVIAL PURSUITS: The Origin of Tarps

A tarp has many uses, mostly to protect people and objects from elements of weather.

The word “tarp” is short for tarpaulin.

 

The word “tarpaulin” originated as a compound of the words tar and palling.

 

Modern tarpaulins are typically made from woven polyethylene, but they originated from canvases tarred by sailors and used to cover objects on ships.
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