Compiled by Juli Case
Question: What’s the difference between a linear yard and a lineal yard?
Answer: Our guess is that someone is using the word “lineal” when they really mean “linear.”
“Lineal” is typically used in a genealogical context, meaning someone is descended in a direct line from a particular ancestor. “Linear” is a simple, one dimensional unit of measurement. In other words, in the case of “linear yard,” it means the length of the fabric, without accounting for the width.