[LMB] OT: gender applied to inanimate objects

Paula Lieberman paal at gis.net
Tue Sep 16 03:41:21 BST 2008

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Margaret Dean" <margdean at erols.com>

> 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."

A bureaus is lower that a 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).

It's a couch in the family room, and a sofa in the livingroom... 

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