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The Unofficial Dictionary of Craigslist Furniture Misspellings

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Here's a strong claim: More than any other online institution, Craigslist has defined How We (middle-class urbanites) Live Now. From renting or buying a place to live, to furnishing it, to finding a job, to getting a car or bicycle to get us back and forth between said residence and employer, to finding a significant other or eff-buddy, to pretty much everything else under the sun, and of course to getting rid of all the aforementioned, it's pretty much got us covered.

It is so good because it is, essentially, an open market of buyers and sellers, givers and receivers, unfettered by grubby overseers throwing up roadblocks designed to line their own bottom lines. But this free-for-all, beautiful and liberating as it is, has a built-in (prostitution-unrelated) downside: It relies on each of us citizens of Craigslist to properly communicate what it is we aspire to buy or sell. Given the centrality of the search function for Craigslist users, this is no trivial matter. Put simply, if we can't spell what we're selling, then we won't sell what we're misspelling.

Which is why the emergence today of an impressively researched list of misspellings on Craigslist furniture postings is so useful. The document, which appeared this morning as a Craigslist posting titled "Furnatcher for Sell!! (Seattel)", is somewhat obnoxious in tone. But the larger point, that misspellings are Craigslist's great scourge, is well-taken. It's also pretty funny.

Our personal favorite is probably "automan" for "ottoman," though we also have a soft spot for "dinning table," with its cacophonous implications. "Chester drawers" (the author of the document's stated favorite) is pretty good too.

So without further ado, here it is: your unofficial dictionary of Craigslist furniture misspellings:

A

armoire.....armwire, armwore, armour, armoure, armor, armwar, armoir, armiore, armior, armware, ahmwah

B

bureau....burrow

C

Chest of drawers...chester drawers (my personal 'favorite')

couch....coutch, coach

cabinet....cabnit, cabinate, cabinit, cabnet, cabinat

chaise....chase, shea's, shays, chace, chaize

chifferobe....chifarobe

D

definitely....definately

drawers....drors, droors, drawrs, drawyers (for lawyers I'm sure)

dining table....dinning table

dresser....dressor

Duncan Phyfe....duncan-fife, duncan-fyfe

E

entertainment center....intertainment center

F

futon....fouton, phooton, footon

furniture....furnature

H

Heywood-Wakefield....Hayfield-Wakeman

L

leather....lether, leathor

leopard....leopord, lepeard, leppard

lounge....longue

M

maple....mapple

marble....marbel

mirror...mirrow, miror

O

ottoman....ottoman, automan, audimen, automon, automen, ottomen

P

papasan chair....papazon, popposon, papazan

Pier 1....peer one, peir one

R

rattan....ratan, ritan, raton, ratton

recliner....reclyner

S

scratch....skrach

shelves....shelfs

sofa...sopha

swivel....swivil, swivole, swivle

suede....swayde, swade, suade, swaid

stools....stuhls

T

table....tabel

tiki....teekee

W

wicker....whicker

wrought iron....rot iron, rod iron

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