Not a teddy bear

Barbara Need bhneed at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 13 11:18:58 UTC 2010

Can you elaborate? Clearly I have a fairly broad understanding of what
fits in the category of teddy bear!


On 13 Sep 2010, at 6:49 AM, Jesse Sheidlower wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 06:42:52AM -0400, Barbara Need wrote:
>> From a Freecycle posting for stuffed animals:
>> "small brown bear (not a teddy bear, a plush bear)"
>> What is a stuffed bear if not a teddy bear?
> A teddy bear is a pretty specific kind of stuffed bear, in my
> idiolect at least. A soft, floppy, plush bear would not be a
> teddy bear to me.
> Jesse Sheidlower

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