posted by [identity profile] hugh-lover4ever.livejournal.com at 06:39pm on 29/04/2009
Actually, you can call House's soft office chair a couch because couch is really just french for couche and can be used to identify any furniture used for sitting or reclining, so a reclining chair could be called a couch and be used properly.

House's office doesn't have a sofa although Wilson's does. A sofa is a longish piece of furniture that fits two or more people. I would say when it comes to Wilson's two-seater that using either sofa or couch is fine. When it comes to House's chair, couch or chair is also fine but not sofa.

But you're right it depends on where you are. The English language borrows from many languages and then different cultures within English can have different meanings for the same word.

I generally never use the term sofa, I pretty much use couch all the time. Interesting tho.

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