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    A woman saw someone's living room.

    The gate-legged table, the Welsh dresser were reproductions perhaps
    shoddy of the real thing, but they were pleasing to the
    eye; so was the unutilitarian chintz which covered the
    chairs and curtained the window, a white ground, scattered
    with bright flowers.

    Do you think it's a typo and should be "utilitarian"?

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    Re: unutilitarian

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    A woman saw someone's living room.

    The gate-legged table, the Welsh dresser were reproductions perhaps
    shoddy of the real thing, but they were pleasing to the
    eye; so was the unutilitarian chintz which covered the
    chairs and curtained the window, a white ground, scattered
    with bright flowers.

    Do you think it's a typo and should be "utilitarian"?
    No, it's the opposite of "utilitarian". To be honest I'm not sure if it's a correct word, but "unutilitarian" means "not utilitarian".

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    Re: unutilitarian

    By the way, it says "white ground". Does it mean that the floor in the room was white and scattered with flowers?
    The following sentence says: Some white painted shelves held a
    collection of books; the floor was bare except for two
    bright rugs.

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    Re: unutilitarian

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    By the way, it says "white ground". Does it mean that the floor in the room was white and scattered with flowers?
    The following sentence says: Some white painted shelves held a
    collection of books; the floor was bare except for two
    bright rugs.
    It means that the background colour of the curtains was white.

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    Re: unutilitarian

    I always use 'non-' as a prefix if I'm uncertain about 'un-' being right.
    "Non-utilitarian" and other non-words (not unwords) would normally be understood and accepted.

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