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everyone's doing the continental

Seeing the additions to the regionalisms meme reminded me of another possible my-familyism. Did anyone else, ever, call a duvet a (snerk) continental quilt? Because that's what we called when I was very young. Gradually we started calling them duvets, but for quite some time, they had a fancier title!

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glitzfrau
Dec. 5th, 2003 08:07 am (UTC)
Ok.

No laughing allowed.

When I was little, my parents called them "poofs". It was only after my mother started getting astonished looks when she would say things like, "Me and E. had a huge row about the poof in the bed last night" that they, grudgingly, accepted what they had previously thought of as the vulgar word "duvet" in our house. See where snobbery gets you!
biascut
Dec. 5th, 2003 08:36 am (UTC)
*suppresses laughter*

*with enormous difficulty, I might add*

I have never of poofs being anything other than those peculiar square things to put your feet up on in the living room, uphostery-wise. That really is unusual.
stellanova
Dec. 5th, 2003 08:45 am (UTC)
I can't suppress my laughter! Hee!

And, I have never, in real life or literature, heard of poof used to describe a quilt! Where does it come from? In my experience, poufes were small chair/cushion things with no legs.
glitzfrau
Dec. 5th, 2003 09:02 am (UTC)
We used the word to refer to those things, too. That was yet another source of confusion. How was one to know which poof my mother meant?!
blue_monday
Dec. 5th, 2003 12:03 pm (UTC)
No laughing allowed.
Oh, bugger that... *giggles*

I've never heard the word pouffe being used for anything except the squishy footstool like things.

We always called them quilts.
glitzfrau
Dec. 5th, 2003 12:07 pm (UTC)
I think it might have been one of the expressions that my Austrian grandmother just learned wrong, and passed on to my mother. At any rate, I have now learned how to spell it correctly, thanks to you lot! Hooray!
alltheleaves
Dec. 5th, 2003 08:11 am (UTC)
I've come across it but mostly they were duvets. My grandmother used to call them that I think.
froodie
Dec. 5th, 2003 08:42 am (UTC)
yes, for years and years! i'll have to start calling them continental quilts again, just to see what my mother says.
stellanova
Dec. 5th, 2003 08:47 am (UTC)
Hurrah! Someone else. I was starting to think I'd imagined it or something!
daegaer
Dec. 5th, 2003 08:50 am (UTC)
I'm another continental quilter! And poufes are definitely what you put your feet up on!
glitzfrau
Dec. 5th, 2003 09:04 am (UTC)
That's just typical of you, trampling all over the oppressed queer people of this world!

oh dear. Please forgive me, it was irresistable. The mania mustn't have quite dispersed yet.
daegaer
Dec. 5th, 2003 09:07 am (UTC)
Is it my fault if they're so squishy and comfy?
glitzfrau
Dec. 5th, 2003 09:08 am (UTC)
*suppresses quip with grate effort, a la Molesworth*

crazysoph
Dec. 5th, 2003 01:45 pm (UTC)
poof-free zone
I never heard of duvets. The Dutch call them a dekbed which is a fairly pedestrian "cover-bed". I had a German immigrant boyfriend in college back in the US (lo! these many years ago!), and learned from him to call them eiderdown. Which I still do even in this duvet-diocese...

Crazy(but they are so warm!!)Soph
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