Will you tell me what does "Usage Problem" mean right here, please?
It's a usage problem because it is used by some native speakers, but the majority consider it to be wrong.
Has nobody mentioned 'parlour' yet?
See more here. (But that song was written in 1910; I've never known a oom called a parlour. And when I first met it (almost certainly in the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence) I needed it explained to me. As 'the maid'* was there [in that nursery rhyme] I imagine it was a 'downstairs'* thing).When Father papered the parlour
You couldn't see him for paste
Dabbing it here! dabbing it there!
Paste and paper everywhere
Mother was stuck to the ceiling
The children stuck to the floor
I never knew a blooming family
So 'stuck up' before.
PS * I got it wrong. For 'maid...downstairs' read 'queen...upstairs'.
PPS I think Lennon & McCartney started composing on a piano in someone's 'parlour' - which suggests it's a current (or, at least, early '60s) Scouse usage. This might have been a PR invention though; I have no authoritative source.
Last edited by BobK; 11-Dec-2012 at 16:29. Reason: Added PSs
'Parlour' was quite common in Lancashire in the 1960s.