Between duck pluckers and couch potatoes, laziness set in

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Between duck pluckers and couch potatoes, laziness set in

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Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

When last were you invited to sit on the settee? This is what my many Irish aunts used to call the long piece of furniture that could seat more than two people. No one talks about settees anymore.

You do hear whispers of the occasional sofa lounging around in unsavoury places, but sofas and settees have, for the most part, been reupholstered and reborn as couches.

There was no TV in the age of the settee, so one assumes there were no settee potatoes either. Everyone was out shooting ducks to get feathers with which to stuff the settee cushions. Heaven knows why, since there was never any time to settle on the settee, unless it was where one perched while plucking ducks...

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