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Posted by Townhomey | November 9, 2007 4:52 PM

I can't wait to curl up in front of my gas fireplace tonight in my townhome.

Posted by Townhomer | November 9, 2007 4:53 PM

You're a townclown with either purchase.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | November 9, 2007 5:14 PM

Annie, whatever you do, don't get a life. I like you just the way you are.

Posted by J.R. | November 9, 2007 5:15 PM

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.

Posted by THE HOME OF THE RISING SON | November 9, 2007 5:35 PM

You are absolutely right, Annie. "Townhome" is an abortion of a word, on a par with "webinar".

Posted by Fnarf | November 9, 2007 5:49 PM

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.

Posted by gnossos | November 9, 2007 6:03 PM

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.

Posted by Dave Coffman | November 9, 2007 6:17 PM

You've been written up, boy.

Posted by Gomez | November 9, 2007 6:18 PM

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.

Posted by Dougsf | November 9, 2007 6:18 PM

I'm enjoying reading this in my cozy manufactured home. Daddy and I took the wheels off just last Sunday.

Posted by eminem's twin brother | November 9, 2007 6:22 PM

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.

Posted by Dougsf | November 9, 2007 6:23 PM

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.

Posted by keshmeshi | November 9, 2007 6:30 PM

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.

Posted by Fnarf | November 9, 2007 6:34 PM

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.

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | November 9, 2007 7:09 PM

Thank you, Annie.

I really should have bought that bit of needlepoint that proclaimed "God Bless Our Crappy Apartment."

Posted by TLjr | November 9, 2007 10:22 PM

I second the use of 'whorehome'. May we one day use it wihout the quotes.
And no more of those 'townhomes'

Posted by arandomdude | November 10, 2007 12:23 AM

...Yum. I love tollhouse cookies.

Posted by E. | November 10, 2007 8:56 PM

dear annie: i recommend midol.

Posted by erika | November 11, 2007 8:41 AM

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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