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So in my typical fashion, I had to do some research. I typed ottoman in Google search and hundreds of ottomans, poufs, storage cabinets, footstools, floor pillows and floor cushions appeared with hundreds of images, as seen
|Gemini Chocolate ottoman from Ashley Furniture|
|Cubit Salsa Ottoman from Ashley Furniture|
From Wikipedia ...
I got to thinking about all those words that have two meanings like the word for doll and wrist in Spanish, muñeca. I would love to know the history of that. What other words can you think of that have two meanings?
Regarding ottomans, do I really need to start calling them footstools or poufs? Historically there is a reason why the ottoman has that name. It came from that part of the world, which is now Turkey, and represented a time when the people of the world were just beginning to discover other cultures. Back then, an ottoman was a much larger piece of furniture, almost like a divan or could even cover three sides of a room, almost like a banquette. The history of the ottoman (furniture) can be found here and I find its history fascinating. What do you the reader think? Can we continue to call this wonderful piece of furniture where we like to rest our feet an ottoman? I hope so!