I can't wait to curl up in front of my gas fireplace tonight in my townhome.
You're a townclown with either purchase.
Annie, whatever you do, don't get a life. I like you just the way you are.
Polly Adler said it first: "A house is not a home" referring of course to her life as a madam of a 'whorehome'. Nor is it called 'the Whitehome'. Or Maxwell Home coffee. One could go on.
You are absolutely right, Annie. "Townhome" is an abortion of a word, on a par with "webinar".
Well, I'm a traditionalist on this one and so for me townhouses are like those shown in picture number 2 of Jonah's post. Also known as a row house.
Townhouse n. 1 "a tall, narrow, traditional row house, generally having three or more floors."
The atrocities shown in the other five homes are townhomes.
Annie, how about hometown? Like where I grew up but wasn't born. It hasn't been "home" in years but I still consider it "home". BTW, it's a great place to be from and to retire to.
You've been written up, boy.
Townhome is a cheesy word that replaced the word townhouse about 15 years ago (my mom is a realtor and I remember having this exact conversation when I was in high school) the previous cheesy, invented word (which of course is "townhouse"), but it is still the most correct word since we are talking about current real estate developments. It sucks, but it would be as incorrect to print "townhouse" as it would be to refer to regular gas simply as "unleaded".
In everyday speech, however, you can say whatever you want.
I'm enjoying reading this in my cozy manufactured home. Daddy and I took the wheels off just last Sunday.
I'd like to amend my statement with the exception that if we are talking about the actual style of dwelling know as a townhouse (think England, 1830s, 19th century NYC, or similar), then we can say that, but that's not what these examples have in common.
When I had to move in with my father and my crazy-ass fundamentalist stepmother, I flat-out refused to call the house "home." I managed to only call it "the house" for four years, until I finally left.
No, Dougsf, it DOES NOT MATTER what Realtors (tm) call them. They're townhouses. That's the English word that describes these things. Not everything on earth is a marketing trademark.
Naturally these townhomes feature Chef's Kitchens, Great Rooms and - my favorite - Earthy-Friendly Colors...ya' mean like dirt? To promote easy sales, realtors must 'stage' them because most buyers are too dense to envision what their tacky, cheap furniture will look like in a new setting.
Having grown up in the '50s in Ohio, my one time house-home there now is referred to as a "mid-century ranch" - how quaint.
Thank you, Annie.
I really should have bought that bit of needlepoint that proclaimed "God Bless Our Crappy Apartment."
I second the use of 'whorehome'. May we one day use it wihout the quotes.
And no more of those 'townhomes'
dear annie: i recommend midol.
When I was a kid, we called them rowhouses or rowhomes. I grew up outside of Philly, and they are everywhere.
Does "row house" connote low-income? Nobody would pay $250K for one, I suppose.
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