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It's been a while since I last posted some question here but I am back after all.
Here in South Asian countries we have this tradition of having our meals on the ground/floor (we don't eat on tables much). No whenever we sit and have our meal, we have to spread a sheet or some cloth on the ground/floor and we put all the food items and dishes on this piece of cloth: it could even be a a polythene sheet kind of material. I was looking for a word for this thing?
I know many of you will recommend the word "tablecloth" but that's the problem: we don't put this cloth on the table but rather on the ground. So could you help please?
"Ground cover" is what I would say. There's no word for such a thing I am aware of. If we were going on a picnic, we would bring a blanket or something to cover the ground.
@ Bhaisahab ... Well in Urdu we call it "Dastarkhwan" .... You'll pronounce it as ... Duster (d will have a th sound as in The) - Kh (I don't know how to explain this sound because it doesn't exist in English but it sounds like the noise you make while snoring... hehe) - Wan (Uan or Juan)
If you look at this link from Wikipedia... Dastarkh
You see they are also calling it "Tablecloth" and I know we could use that word too but it just doesn't sound right when
you are referring to a cloth being spread on the ground. But I think if there's no "specific" word for such a thing in English then I will definitely have to call it tablecloth.
Why not just use cloth or mat? In many contexts, you will need to explain it anyway.
You are right, I only wanted to know since we have such a "special" name for this "cloth" as you refer to it as. But I think tablecloth would do. Thanks for the help. :)
We don't eat the same way so we don't have a special word.
Yeah I think it'll solve the problem if we just moved from floor to table for dinners. hahahaha