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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 22, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I’m reading The Paris Wife by Paula McLain for my book club and ran across this word.

1. davenport – “He was passed out on the davenport with long dark wool socks stretched over his face and his hat perched on his crossed feet.”

I knew the meaning of davenport because one of my mom’s sisters used to use it.  After seeing it several times in this book I became curious about its origin and decided to look it up.  A davenport is a sofa.  The term came into use because of a series of sofas made by A. H. Davenport and Company.  It’s mainly used in the midwest and northern New York.  It became so popular that davenport became a genericized trademark.  Do you or anyone you know use the word davenport?


What words do you want to celebrate today?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2016 4:56 am

    I heard that all the time when I was little. I guess they said that word back in the old days, ha ha

  2. June 22, 2016 7:22 am

    My grandmother always referred to her sofa as a davenport, and I think of her every time I see (or hear) that word. You just made my morning 🙂

  3. Jeane permalink
    June 22, 2016 8:01 am

    I have a friend from college whose last name is Davenport. I never knew it was a word for sofa until he started cracking jokes about it!

  4. June 22, 2016 8:52 am

    I heard this word many times growing up, and also have seen it in books in said in movies.

  5. June 22, 2016 9:23 am

    YES! But only because I’m old and was alive when sofas were referred to as davenports. But it’s still 1.000 for the day!

  6. bookingmama permalink
    June 22, 2016 9:42 am

    Yes! My grandmother called their sofa a davenport!

  7. June 22, 2016 10:06 am

    The word was common when I was growing up. I don’t know when we started saying sofa and then couch. I think the use of davenport is like saying, “I need a kleenex.” What we mean is a tissue.

  8. Patty permalink
    June 22, 2016 11:00 am

    I think one of my aunt’s used to use that word, too!

  9. June 22, 2016 11:02 am

    Ooh, I’d love to call the sofa the davenport! Excellent word, Kathy! 🙂

  10. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 22, 2016 11:22 am

    Yep … when I was a little girl my grandma always used that word. My mom later used the word couch, and now I use the word sofa.

  11. June 22, 2016 2:52 pm

    Yes, growing up I heard of this word.

  12. June 22, 2016 4:27 pm


  13. readerbuzz permalink
    June 22, 2016 7:59 pm

    My sister and I were talking about this word the other day. My grandma, from Pittsburgh, used to say “davenport.” She also used to call her purse her “pocketbook.”

  14. Judy@Busy Hand are Happy Hands. permalink
    June 23, 2016 5:05 pm

    Me too! Davenport was used by my mom. I say couch now. Not often do I hear sofa, unless it is in ads or on TV. Maybe it’s a regional thing.

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