Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A great definition of fabric...

For Christmas we gave my youngest the Oxford Illustrated Children's Thesaurus to encourage her with her writing.  I happened to have a flip through, when my eye caught the word fabric... Do you see what it says?  Fabric, cloth, material.. (what's this!?)  STUFF!  Yep, you heard it here first...fabric is also known as stuff!  So you know when you partner or family says to you, "You've got so much stuff!" Well, they are actually being grammatically correct! LOL



Until next time...

20 comments:

randi---i have to say said...

I guess I really love stuff! :)

Quiet Quilter said...

So that commercial where you buy enough containers to hold all your stuff, and then say,"I need more stuff", is really true!

Rachel said...

Haha - that's funny. I have to admit, though, that I really dislike the word "stuff", particularly when my students use it in their essays.

However, I love having stuff (as in fabric). :)

Jen said...

That's horrible! I remember being scolded for using the word Stuff in school. I can't believe that's in there!! What's this world coming to?

My husband teases me that I have Stuff and he has Crap. I'll have to show this post to him to prove my point ;)

Taryn said...

How appropriate that the word "fabric" (a.k.a., stuff) is followed by the word "fabulous." Which is what it is.

Needled Mom said...

Oh no!!! I love my stuff!

Amanda said...

How funny. I must say though that I love the word 'stuff'; it's such a wonderful pantechnicon word (I've probably made that up but it says what I want it to say).

YankeeQuilter said...

oh dear...I once titled a post "fabric and other fun stuff." Had no idea I was being so repetitive!

Allabitrandom said...

Hmm.... the page starts with FABRIC and ends with FAIL! SO, failing to throw stuff away is more or less inevitable!

yolande95 said...

Do you know that in french we can call ├ętoffe a piece of fabric but currently we say tissus. Etoffe is more classic.
You can see it looks a lot like stuff .
A lot of english words may come from french words or
french from english. We share the same roots.
This word in french means also quality and capacity.

Thimbleanna said...

Hahaha -- that's funny. I have WAY too much stuff!

Shasta said...

LOL, at least it goes with fabulous!

The Cozy Quilter said...

I just showed my husband your post for today and he told me I have too much "stuff". He still takes me to quilting stores though!

Jane in Wales said...

Oh, wonderful. That means I don't have enough 'stuff' yet!!!

Lynda said...

How rude is that?! Stuff, indeed!

Karen Fields said...

To me "stuff" is the very best of the goodies!

Encyclopedia said...

Jane..how funny...Yes it is indeed the GOOOOOOODD STUFF...smiles

Ali Honey said...

I think it may have started with some friends standing in a fabric / quilt shop and one saying " Oh, I just love this Stuff! " This was somehow over heard by the writer of the dictionary.

Janet H. said...

I read your post about "stuff" after your comment on the NYC Mod Quilt blog. Good call! I looked it up in the dictionary and saw that there are a great many uses for the word, and that it does come from the French. We quilters can now use the word with authority!

Joyce said...

I can remember the word 'stuff' being used for fabric when I was a child. It would never be used to refer to fabric one was going to buy or had already bought but would be used to comment on the quality of fabric that had been made into garments or soft furnishings. For example, if you had a new dress or suit someone might feel a bit of it between their fingers and say "that's a nice bit of stuff" meaning it was high quality fabric. I think it might have meant it was the opposite of 'shoddy' which is a term that began with fabric and then had its meaning widened.
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Joyce F.