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    settee

    Is "settee" a common word in western countries?

    (settee/sofa/couch)
    Which one is the most common?
    Thank you.

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    Re: settee

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Is "settee" a common word in western countries?

    (settee/sofa/couch)
    Which one is the most common?
    Thank you.
    "Settee" and "sofa" are both common in BrE.

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    #3

    Re: settee

    'Couch' is too, IMO.

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    #4

    Re: settee

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Is "settee" a common word in western countries?

    (settee/sofa/couch)
    Which one is the most common?
    Thank you.
    Couch and sofa are more frequently heard in AmE.

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    #5

    Re: settee

    The http://www.americancorpus.org/ gives the following number of citations:
    settee - 458
    sofa -5,059
    couch - 8,936
    Last edited by 5jj; 10-Jan-2011 at 17:22. Reason: source added

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    Re: settee

    The figures for [bnc] British National Corpus are:
    settee - 316
    couch - 458
    sofa 921

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    Re: settee

    I can't recommend using it in the US unless you are an interior designer or something.

    If you say to a normal person "Please have a seat on the settee while I get us something to drink" you'll sound a bit pretentious.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: settee

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    The figures for [bnc] British National Corpus are:
    settee - 316
    couch - 458
    sofa 921
    I'm surprised about "couch", I hardly ever hear it.

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    #9

    Re: settee

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I'm surprised about "couch", I hardly ever hear it.
    You must be younger than I. Or perhaps from a higher social class.

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    #10

    Re: settee

    The word "settee" isn't used much in AmE, other than by interior designers as Barb mentioned. And, in fact, a "settee" in the U.S. usually refers to a piece of furniture smaller than a sofa/couch - it's something more akin to a love seat. I'd read many books published in Britain that made reference to a "settee," and I'd always pictured a small, elegant piece of antique furniture. During my first trip to the UK I discovered that, along with "cooker" meaning a "stove" and "for hire" meaning "for rent", that to those wacky Brits a "settee" was just a plain old couch.

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