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.
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:
armoire.....armwire, armwore, armour, armoure, armor, armwar, armoir, armiore, armior, armware, ahmwah
Chest of drawers...chester drawers (my personal 'favorite')
cabinet....cabnit, cabinate, cabinit, cabnet, cabinat
chaise....chase, shea's, shays, chace, chaize
drawers....drors, droors, drawrs, drawyers (for lawyers I'm sure)
dining table....dinning table
Duncan Phyfe....duncan-fife, duncan-fyfe
entertainment center....intertainment center
futon....fouton, phooton, footon
leopard....leopord, lepeard, leppard
ottoman....ottoman, automan, audimen, automon, automen, ottomen
papasan chair....papazon, popposon, papazan
Pier 1....peer one, peir one
rattan....ratan, ritan, raton, ratton
swivel....swivil, swivole, swivle
suede....swayde, swade, suade, swaid
wrought iron....rot iron, rod iron