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RE: st: re: a graph named "new" now concerning room nomenclature

From   "Philip Ryan" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: re: a graph named "new" now concerning room nomenclature
Date   Fri, 13 Feb 2009 09:18:10 +1030

In this context, many on the list, I am sure, will also be anxious about the
use of the term "parlour". From Wikipedia:

"In modern use, the parlour is a formal sitting room in a large house or
mansion. In the late nineteenth century, it was often a formal room used
only on Sundays or special occasions, and closed during the week. The
parlour contained a family's best furnishings, works of art and other
display items. The body of a recently deceased member of the household would
be laid out in the parlour while funeral preparations were made. In more
modest homes, the parlour has largely been replaced by the living room as a
result of a twentieth-century effort by architects and builders to strip the
parlour of its burial and mourning associations."  

If only one lister is thus saved from committing a faux pas, this message
will have been worthwhile.....


Philip Ryan
Professor and Director
Data Management & Analysis Centre
University of Adelaide
South Australia

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Clive Nicholas
Sent: Friday, 13 February 2009 9:05 AM
Subject: Re: st: re: a graph named "new"

Eva Poen replied to Kit Baum:

> thanks for the info. I am not familiar with classes, so I didn't know
> about reserved words in the class system. The only thing that comes to
> my mind when someone mentions "reserved words" and "class" is that
> "drawing room" is an upper class word in Britain while "settee" isn't
> (apparently). However, being a relatively new resident to this
> country, I might have gotten that one wrong, too.


I think you're referring to the supposed cultural differences attached
to the terms 'living room' and 'sittting room' in Britain. I'm a
confirmed sitting-room man, myself. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a
rather shiny shellsuit that needs ironing.

Clive Nicholas

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