The modern word for carpet comes from the Latin carpere, meaning “to pluck”. In the days of the Romans, carpeting was made from unraveled, or plucked, fabric. So the word for carpeting has the same root as “carpe diem”, which means seize (or pluck) the day.

That said, here’s our advice to you: carpet diem. Because you can seize some new carpeting and you can do it today! We’ve teamed up with Giant Carpet to give away free flooring, and it’s free & easy to enter. If you’ve liked us on Facebook? Entered. Purchased an online subscription? You’re in. You can fill out the entry you’ll find in any print issue of Paper Shop (or stop by our office to fill one out) and – bingo! – you’re entered to win.