Tuesday, April 26, 2005


An old friend who grew up in the same town writes:
My Grandmother used "divan" exclusively to describe the couch/sofa. I have never heard anyone else call it that either. She was born in Oklahoma and has spent most of her life there in NW Arkansas. Hmmm . . . is there a hidden pocket of divan speakers in the hills of NWA?


Blogger MM said...

My grandmother also used the word, and she spent her whole life (so far--she just turned 90) in the same town in Western New York, at the foot of Lake Ontario. So there must be other pockets of the word as well.

2:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Mom's side of the family (her Mother, her Aunt, her Grandmother) used the word Divan. Mom's side of the family are NE Ohio-ans since the Civil War.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My grandmother, born and raised in Detroit, used a similar but different word - davenport. To all of her descendants, it's a couch.

9:56 PM  

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