Monday, March 31, 2014

torchiere/torchère: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Monday, March 31, 2014

Consumers and dealers who call tall floor lamps torchieres undoubtedly think they’re being sophisticated, but the French word is simple torchère (originally meaning “torch-holder”). Because of widespread confusion about this word you’ll have to search for both spellings on the Web when you’re shopping.

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