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twilled – tweeled – tweed
 

The fabric tweed got its name through a mistake.

A Scots weaver offered London merchant James Locke some twilled – diagonally ribbed – cloth in 1832.

In his letter, he spelled twilled in the Scots manner “tweeled”.

Locke misread this as “tweed” – and the name stuck.

Blueprint Brief: 28 August 2013