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    Strange meaning of the word "chair"

    I was watching an American movie and I think that one of the characters says the word "chair" with an odd meaning (not as a piece of furniture). In this context, I think it should mean "sister", or "girl" or "friend", but I haven't found any of these meanings in my dictionaries. I even looked up a slang dictionary.

    Context: Susan and Paula are sisters. They are from Great Falls, Idaho, but now they're living in New York City

    Can you guess what she means with "chair" here? This is the sentence:

    "But, please, please, remember not to call me Paulie. And you, my little chair but no longer Susan Mars, you're Susan Marlowe, just two years younger than your sister Paula."

    It also seems strange to me that she uses "but" instead of "are" in "but no longer". Does it make sense? Is it good grammar?

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    Re: Strange meaning of the word "chair"

    It certainly sounds like "chair". I can only guess that Paulie sat on Susan in a previous scene for some reason.
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    Re: Strange meaning of the word "chair"

    Thanks, GoesStation, but there isn't a previous scene, this is the first time we see Paula and Susan in the movie and both are standing in the living room. None of them are seated.

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    Re: Strange meaning of the word "chair"

    Could it be a mangling of the French "cher/chere," for "dear"?

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    Re: Strange meaning of the word "chair"

    I think I hear a little glitch in the sound at the beginning of "chair". I wonder if the film was damaged and a few frames were cut out of it there.
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    Re: Strange meaning of the word "chair"

    I wouldn't say that the film is damaged. It's a BluRay edition, very good image and very good sound. I don't think there is a lack of frames in this scene. At first I thought, like SoothingDave, that she could have used a French word (chère meaning dear), but being from Idaho and speaking good English with no accent, I doubted of that simple explanation. But, of course, I don't exclude the possibility.

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    Re: Strange meaning of the word "chair"

    And you, my little cherub, are ...
    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: Strange meaning of the word "chair"

    Cherub makes sense.

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    Re: Strange meaning of the word "chair"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    And you, my little cherub, are ...
    It's amazing how a little clue makes that second syllable jump out.
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    Re: Strange meaning of the word "chair"

    Thanks a lot. It solves both questions: The words weren't "chair" and "but". She said "cherub" (a person, especially a child, with an innocent or chubby face).
    I agree.

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