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So in a casual conversation with other Canadian writers, I asked the question because I was told by my parents that there was a specific word used by their parents for the throwover you place on the chesterfield. I asked my parents and they said they forgot. The writers I was talking with said that they knew of this word too but also forgot.

Perhaps someone here knows. What is that word? I have to assume that this word was used in the first half of the 20th century.

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afghan. See Afghan, (blanket) Wikipedia:

An afghan is the knitted or crocheted wrap that everyone has seen thrown over the back of a rocking chair or folded at the foot of Grandmother's bed. Afghans are often given as gifts and may become family heirlooms. Many people use an afghan as a throw on a chilly day, as a bedspread, or as decoration for the back of a chair. An afghan also makes a good three-season wrap, adding warmth without a lot of weight.

It's not just a Canadian word and it is in use today, although throw may be more common. See Throws for a Chesterfield Sofa. I have never heard the term throwover. (Native speaker of American English, mostly BosWash corridor.)

The word afghan, referring to a person of Afghanistan, dates to 1831, but the first use of the word to mean the woven blanket was in 1877. I speculate that the word for the blanket fell out of favor with the increasing politicization of the situation in Afghanistan in the late 1970s, but I have not researched this point.

  • I know of the word "afghan" but that doesn't seem to be the word that was used. – Phillip Siebold Jul 1 '17 at 15:52

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