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Thread #64734 Message #1060554
Posted By: Jerry Rasmussen
25-Nov-03 - 09:37 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Davenport Blues (Jerry Rasmussen)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Davenport Blues, Jerry Rassmussen
A davenport is a sofa is a couch (for our English friends.) It's an old term, not used by anyone over here, since my Dad died. He called cast iron (and all other) frying pans "Spiders." I never knew where he got the term until I studied Colonial life in American and discovered that the cast iron frying pans with legs that they placed over the coals in a fireplace were called "Spiders" because they were black and stood up on legs. Maybe his parents, who grew up in Denmark, still used the term over there and brought it with them.
Cavorting on a small sloping desk is even kinkier than cavorting on the kitchen table.