[LMB] OT: gender applied to inanimate objects

Margaret Dean margdean at erols.com
Sun Sep 14 19:43:57 BST 2008

Diana Hagan wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 14, 2008 at 1:16 PM, Dorian E. Gray <dorianegray at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Malfoy asked...
> >
> >> What's the difference between a couch and a sofa?
> I always thought it was regional.  Alan, a Floridian, uses "sofa" for
> the article of furniture I, a Maine Yankee, know as the "couch".
> Also, my "bureau" sits next to his "chest of drawers."

Either way, it basically comes down to dialect.  The exact same
piece of furniture might be called a "couch" by one person and a
"sofa" by someone else (or a "davenport," for that matter -- I
remember that from my childhood).

--Margaret Dean
  <margdean at erols.com>

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