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Cocktail Table/Coffee Table

Posted by Bruce Kahl on January 07, 2004

In Reply to: Cocktail Table/Coffee Table posted by ESC on January 07, 2004

: : : This morning I heard a furniture store ad on the radio, and they were advertising "cocktail tables", among other items. It struck me as odd, because although in our house when I was growing up we always referred to the long, low table in front of the sofa as the "cocktail table", I've noticed that most people say "coffee table".

: : : I wonder which is more common? Could one of the other be regional? I can't believe there's an actual difference (that they are distinct types of tables). I grew up in metropolitan New Jersey near New York City, from the early 1960's on...

: : I always called it a cocktail table as well. I'm not sure which term is more popular, but they don't call it a "cocktail table book", do they? :)

: Folks on White Oak Mountain (W.Va.) didn't drink cocktails. It was a "coffee table." I've never heard people refer to it as a cocktail table.

New Joy-zee??
A bit west of ya in New Yawk City we called it a coffee table.