Friday, February 8, 2013

Arabic Word in English: Sofa

The English word SOFA originally meant a part of the floor raised up a foot or two and covered with carpets and cushions. The word is from Arabic soffah, meaning a bench or couch.

The English usage of "sofa" to refer to a long stuffed seat dates to the early 18th century.

The image below shows an antique green sofa:

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