Paul Johnston paul.johnston at WMICH.EDU
Tue Nov 9 18:11:16 UTC 2010


My grandmother (born 1879, NYC) used "DYE-van" interchangeably with davenport to designate the couch.  My mom (b. 1904) used the word occasionally, but I've never heard anyone younger use it.  My students laugh at me when I mention this.

Paul Johnston
On Nov 8, 2010, at 10:06 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

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> Just heard it pronounced "dih-VAN." I've always used " 'DYE-van."
> Rather, I've always mentally-pictured it that way. I don't recall that
> I've ever had occasion to speak this word.
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