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Word of the Day: sofa

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The standard sofa is seven feet long and three feet deep with arms on both ends. The word sofa actually predates English, having existed in all the romance languages, not to mention Turkish and Arabic. But in the Eastern world, a sofa was a part of the floor raised and adorned with cushions. Until the 18th century, couch was the primary word for the elevated shared seating area. Except couches had only half a back, with only the headrest raised. Sofas offered a full back. Today couch and sofa are virtually interchangeable.

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