Tuesday, December 7, 2010

An Early Reference to the "Sofa"

I was having a little fun with Google Books, and I think I found one of the earliest English references to the Sofa.  It's a dictionary definition from 1675. 
Sofa: A sort of alcove much used in the Eastern Countries, being an apartment of state, raised about two feet above the floor, and furnished with rich carpets and cushions, where persons of the greatest honor are entertained.

For me, this description suggests a sultan in his harem, reclining on cushions as he watches the dancing girls.

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