howard at brazee.net
Fri Sep 19 19:16:30 BST 2008
Dorian E. Gray wrote:
>> My paternal grandmother, a very proper lady, had one particular
>> "couch" she referred to as a "davenport." From what I recall, it had
>> an arm on one end only, and the other arm was padded, so one could
>> stretch out on it. I do remember her telling me to "go rest on the
>> davenport for a while" when I was fairly young. The implication was
>> that I could put my feet on the davenport, but not on the couches.
> ::grin:: I'd call that a "chaise longue".
I think my grandparents used the word "Davenport" most often - not for a
particular couch or sofa, but for all of them.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davenport_(sofa). "Chesterfield" is
similar in some locations.
Interesting to read how we vary from the French with
I think "couch" first, "sofa" second.
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