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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8760 on: December 07, 2013, 10:31:44 PM »
So you can lounge on a lounge in a lounge?   ;)

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« Reply #8761 on: December 07, 2013, 10:33:32 PM »
It's interesting to see the different mnemonics for greater-than/less-than.  The way I learned it was simply that the arrow always points at the smaller side.

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« Reply #8762 on: December 07, 2013, 11:17:59 PM »
I would say  lounge suite or lounger to describe the furniture in the lounge

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« Reply #8763 on: December 07, 2013, 11:47:56 PM »
I would say  lounge suite or lounger to describe the furniture in the lounge

The lounge suite to me is the lounge plus the chairs.  I don't think I've ever called the lounge a lounger.

Funny how language works, isn't it.  :)

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« Reply #8764 on: December 08, 2013, 04:07:47 AM »
So you can lounge on a lounge in a lounge?   ;)

Too right. In fact I'm going to go do that right now  ;D
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« Reply #8765 on: December 09, 2013, 03:08:55 AM »
On of the things I have noticed is that here and in Oz, it is a lounge.  No room.  It would be like saying 'a kitchen room'.  It might be a sitting room, or a drawing room, or a family room, but not a lounge room.  One of those language oddities
In South Africa it's almost exclusively a lounge (no "room"), and it's never really a sitting room, or a drawing room or anything other than a lounge.

But we don't call large couches "lounges". They're either couches or settees.
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« Reply #8766 on: December 09, 2013, 04:16:27 AM »
On of the things I have noticed is that here and in Oz, it is a lounge.  No room.  It would be like saying 'a kitchen room'.  It might be a sitting room, or a drawing room, or a family room, but not a lounge room.  One of those language oddities
In South Africa it's almost exclusively a lounge (no "room"), and it's never really a sitting room, or a drawing room or anything other than a lounge.

But we don't call large couches "lounges". They're either couches or settees.

In England, in my experience the furniture item concerned is occasionally called a couch, but nearly always a sofa or a settee. The English tendency toward class-based snobbery comes into play here.  Patrician types always talk about "sofas", and regard "settee" as a lower-middle-class, gauche, "non-U" term.  On this matter, you lot out in the Empire plainly haven't got a clue  ;) ...

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« Reply #8767 on: December 09, 2013, 04:37:28 AM »
On of the things I have noticed is that here and in Oz, it is a lounge.  No room.  It would be like saying 'a kitchen room'.  It might be a sitting room, or a drawing room, or a family room, but not a lounge room.  One of those language oddities
In South Africa it's almost exclusively a lounge (no "room"), and it's never really a sitting room, or a drawing room or anything other than a lounge.

But we don't call large couches "lounges". They're either couches or settees.

In England, in my experience the furniture item concerned is occasionally called a couch, but nearly always a sofa or a settee. The English tendency toward class-based snobbery comes into play here.  Patrician types always talk about "sofas", and regard "settee" as a lower-middle-class, gauche, "non-U" term.  On this matter, you lot out in the Empire plainly haven't got a clue  ;) ...
My working-class post-colonial third-world settee might not be fancy, but it is darn comfy.  ;D  ;)
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« Reply #8768 on: December 09, 2013, 04:39:24 AM »
Actually, now that I think about it, why "drawing room"? Did people do a lot of drawing in the living room? Or were there a lot of drawings on the wall or something?
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« Reply #8769 on: December 09, 2013, 05:45:39 AM »
As I understand it, "drawing room" is a contraction of the term "withdrawing room" - the room to which ladies would withdraw after dinner for polite chat and such, leaving the gentlemen to their cigars, brandy and "men-talk".
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« Reply #8770 on: December 09, 2013, 06:08:47 AM »
As I understand it, "drawing room" is a contraction of the term "withdrawing room" - the room to which ladies would withdraw after dinner for polite chat and such, leaving the gentlemen to their cigars, brandy and "men-talk".
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« Reply #8771 on: December 09, 2013, 04:27:13 PM »
As I understand it, "drawing room" is a contraction of the term "withdrawing room" - the room to which ladies would withdraw after dinner for polite chat and such, leaving the gentlemen to their cigars, brandy and "men-talk".

I have always wondered about this!! Thank you!

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« Reply #8772 on: December 09, 2013, 05:38:09 PM »
As I understand it, "drawing room" is a contraction of the term "withdrawing room" - the room to which ladies would withdraw after dinner for polite chat and such, leaving the gentlemen to their cigars, brandy and "men-talk".

I have always wondered about this!! Thank you!

So have I! Thank you, Redsoil. :)
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« Reply #8773 on: December 10, 2013, 03:55:56 AM »
On of the things I have noticed is that here and in Oz, it is a lounge.  No room.  It would be like saying 'a kitchen room'.  It might be a sitting room, or a drawing room, or a family room, but not a lounge room.  One of those language oddities

I tend to say lounge room.

More likely to say I'm sitting on the lounge (ie, the couch/sofa) than going into the lounge.


I say lounge room as well. Maybe it's a regional Oz thing

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« Reply #8774 on: December 10, 2013, 07:22:52 AM »
Happy to be of help!  :)
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