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  • #31
    Re: Couch or Sofa

    Originally posted by thatcomedian View Post
    I agree, unless it turns into a bed, then they always call it a sofa.
    True, but in that case it's usually referred to as a sofa-bed.

    Originally posted by cshel View Post
    DVPP stands for davenport potato, which you'll turn into if you watch too much Scrubs.
    I've decided to use the term "davenport potato" from now on. Sounds way cooler.
    "Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.-
    ― Ray Bradbury

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    • #32
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      Raven -

      I deeply appreciate your support in my crusade to bring the term "davenport" back into vogue. And a "davenport potato" would definitely watch really cool TV shows. Like "Mad Men".
      "The Hollywood film business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side." Hunter S Thompson

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      • #33
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        I call the crappy one the couch and the nice one the sofa.
        Chicks Who Script podcast

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        • #34
          Re: Couch or Sofa

          It depends on the context.

          If you are pretending to be a director and want to bang a drunk starlet who doesn't know better, it's a couch.

          If you're a broke writer whose girlfriend tolerates you and occasionally lets you feel you up while you two watch CW shows together, it's a sofa.

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          • #35
            Re: Couch or Sofa

            It depends on the context.

            If you are pretending to be a director and want to bang a drunk starlet who doesn't know better, it's a couch.

            If you're a broke writer whose girlfriend tolerates you and occasionally lets you feel you up while you two watch CW shows together, it's a sofa.
            Hamboogul


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            • #36
              Re: Couch or Sofa

              Everybody I know says couch, but we all know what a sofa is, so no worries.

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              • #37
                Re: Sofa

                Originally posted by Fortean View Post
                Yanks don't know what a Davenport is. A couch confuses them, except for the term "couch-potato".

                Use "sofa".

                Pish-tush. Of course we know what a davenport is. That's what my grammy called it.

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                • #38
                  Re: Sofa

                  Interesting. From Wikipedia:

                  Etymology
                  The traditional meaning of couch is a particular type of sofa with a half back and one raised end. By this definition it more closely resembles a daybed, chaise longue, or indeed a bed. In the UK, where the generic term for the item of living room furniture is usually "sofa" or "settee", the term "couch" retains this specific meaning, for example in a therapeutic setting (e.g. a psychiatrist's couch). A couch is therefore used while lying down, while a sofa or settee is for sitting upright. The word "couch" derives from Old French couche, meaning "bed", and from coucher, meaning "put to bed, lay down".[1]
                  For what it's worth, I consider a couch to be larger than a sofa in my mind's eye.
                  Looking to take the "Bono" off my screenname.

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                  • #39
                    Re: Sofa

                    Then again, the really large ones always seem to be called "sectional sofas." So, we've got sectional sofas, psychiatrists' couches, sofa-beds and couch potatoes.

                    Since we all understand both "couch potato" and "sofa-bed," we're all fine with either term. Depending on which you use, some will be picturing something bigger, smaller, or with or without the legs covered up, but we'll all be picturing some familiar, bigger-than-a-chair, upholstered piece of furniture facing the TV.


                    Originally posted by ProBono Writer View Post
                    Interesting. From Wikipedia:



                    For what it's worth, I consider a couch to be larger than a sofa in my mind's eye.

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                    • #40
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                      If I'm watching football it's "are you gonna lie on the couch all day."
                      When guests arrive they're invited to relax on the sofa.
                      "Friends make the worst enemies." Frank Underwood

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                      • #41
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                        Originally posted by Hamboogul View Post
                        If you're a broke writer whose girlfriend tolerates you and occasionally lets you feel you up while you two watch CW shows together, it's a sofa.
                        See, that's what's so sad. Even when they have a girlfriend, writers only get to feel themselves up.
                        "Friends make the worst enemies." Frank Underwood

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                        • #42
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                          What about the infamous Hollywood casting couch? Or, did someone mention it already?

                          I only use "sofa" when looking to cut characters during the editing process. Sometimes a single letter saves a line. Otherwise I use couch. Sofa sounds dated to me.

                          ETA:

                          Tom Cruise's famous moment on Oprah is now accepted slang: "Jump the couch.

                          Couch Commando - the person who holds the TV remote over all others.

                          And Dave Chappelle's saying: Fvck your couch.
                          Advice from writer, Kelly Sue DeConnick. "Try this: if you can replace your female character with a sexy lamp and the story still basically works, maybe you need another draft.-

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                          • #43
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                            If a male writer feels himself up on the casting couch, is that enough to get him to hire himself?


                            Originally posted by DavidK View Post
                            See, that's what's so sad. Even when they have a girlfriend, writers only get to feel themselves up.

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                            • #44
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                              It's like asking if it is "soda," "pop," "soda pop," or "coke." Dictionary meanings aside, people use these terms interchangeably and part of it is region, part of it is just what people are used to using.

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