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    Do other native speakers say "comforter" except for Americans?

    I just learned comforter is quilt in AmE. I wonder which word other native speakers would say about it, quilt or comforter.

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    Re: Do other native speakers say "comforter" except for Americans?

    A comforter is not always a quilt in AmE. It is a thick bed covering used to cover the bed when you're not sleeping, and it can be used as an extra blanket on a cold winter night when you are sleeping.

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comforter (2b)



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    Re: Do other native speakers say "comforter" except for Americans?

    Quote Originally Posted by lotus888 View Post
    A comforter is not always a quilt in AmE. It is a thick bed covering used to cover the bed when you're not sleeping, and it can be used as an extra blanket on a cold winter night when you are sleeping.

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comforter (2b)



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    That's interesting. I suppose there are regional diferences. I grew up in New York, sleeping under a comforter. It wasn't a quilt, but it was quilted, usually polyester-filled, and used instead of a blanket. During the day, the bed was covered by a bedspread.

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    Re: Do other native speakers say "comforter" except for Americans?

    not a teacher

    Growing up in New Zealand I knew this type of bed covering as a "quilt" or "duvet" (pronounced doo-vay), although I might have regarded a duvet as generally being more puffy in shape. In Australia the usual term is "doona". I have only ever heard "comforter" in an American context.

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    Re: Do other native speakers say "comforter" except for Americans?

    My view is that JMurray speaks for most of us here in the UK, too.

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    Re: Do other native speakers say "comforter" except for Americans?

    I am not a teacher.

    When I read 'comforter' I immediately thought 'dummy'.

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    Re: Do other native speakers say "comforter" except for Americans?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post

    When I read 'comforter' I immediately thought 'dummy'.
    (AE 'pacifier.)

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    Re: Do other native speakers say "comforter" except for Americans?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    (AE 'pacifier.)
    You hear "binky" now more than "pacifier."

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