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Chris -- 2011-03-08
Sackcloth, a cheap fabric with rough threads and loose weave, is often used to make bags for holding foodstuffs. The word “sackcloth” is associated with sadness, perhaps because of sackcloth’s role in the Hebrew Scriptures as an article of mourning wear (e.g, ). 1 A few English speakers, accordingly, permute “sackcloth” into “sadcloth” ( but only a few – a mere half dozen examples on the web). Three of them:
: “with bowed head clad in sadcloth and ashes sending humble rays of undepression to everyone everywhere”
: “Please put on sad cloth and ashes and pray”
: “ Maybe Claud will put on sad cloth and ashes and it will come to pass.”
Last edited by kem (2013-05-15 10:23:17)