Do you have a television in your living room?

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  1. binge

    binge Senior member

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    No TV in my apartment at all.
     


  2. Dewey

    Dewey Senior member

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    I mean, what IS a living room, really?
    A living room is the combination of a drawing room and a parlor. Drawing rooms were once used exclusively for the reception of guests. They were formal spaces--almost public ones if your home had many servants bustling around with the business of dinner. Drawing rooms were typically on the first floor near the front door. Parlors were used for the family to relax, away from the eyes of guests and servants. Parlors are where you lounged around in your sleeping clothes. They were typically on the upper floors, and they most often adjoined bedrooms. Today when people visit older homes and see a parlor, typically a small room with a door on the hallway and a door or doorway communicating to a bedroom, they call these things "nurseries" and/or they are listed by realtors as small bedrooms though they may not be large enough to hold a queen bed. In the twentieth century, a bunch of things kill off the parlor and the drawing room. Americans blurred the distinction between more formal and more informal space within the home. As fewer families kept servants in their home, there was less to no need for keeping up appearances within certain areas of the home. With no servants coming every day at 8 am to do the cooking, there is no reason not to wear your sleeping clothes in any room of the house. Americans also got much better at building larger interior rooms. The old arrangement of small sleeping room with adjoining parlor became one large room known as the "master bedroom." We've also seen the kitchen and the drawing room growing together as a "great room" with the kitchen area totally open to the lounging area. This is another sign that the modern home is not built for the use of servants--in the old days the kitchen, though it necessarily adjoined the dining room that could often be seen from the drawing room, was hidden by an interior wall with, perhaps, a solid swinging door. So to answer your question, a living room is one in which the inhabitants of the home relax, with or without company, when they are not sleeping and when they are not eating. [/pedant]
     


  3. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    ^^^ Thanks. I don't have a television in my drawing room, but I do have one in my parlor. Our apartment is set up so as to have public and private sections, but I never really understood why, or understood the terminology before.
     


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    Good to see a few people with no tv at all ...

    Sometimes I get bugged when people find out I don't have one and think it's strange.
     


  5. Dakota rube

    Dakota rube Senior member

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    I remember many times having other parents look at me like I was some sort of hillbilly hick when they learned my house was filled with televisions and I placed no restrictions on my kids viewing. "How can you let your children watch that vile crap?"

    When my oldest was named a National Merit Scholar they shut up.

    Yeah, I've got tvs in damn near every room of my apartment.
     


  6. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    I don't have a TV anymore.
     


  7. grimslade

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    I have no television. Period.

    (Is "Period." redundant?)
     


  8. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    No TV in my apartment at all.

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  9. lawyerdad

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    Good to see a few people with no tv at all ...

    Sometimes I get bugged when people find out I don't have one and think it's strange.


    Ha, I hear you. I didn't have one when I was single. When people would learn this, some would be puzzled and some would seem almost angry and offended.
     


  10. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    Formal Living Room (Drawing Room? Formal, near the front door) = No
    Den (Parlor? Not really connected to bedrooms) = Yes

    One upstairs room (originally built as an office) is currently used as the kid's TV room to keep their video game equipment, etc. out of public view.

    We also have an office/craft room downstairs that has a small TV and we have a TV in our bedroom.

    Too many TV's. With teenagers in the house the challenge is keeping them turned off.
     




  11. grimslade

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    I knew there was a reason I liked that blog.
     


  12. Dewey

    Dewey Senior member

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    The onion has an often-linked satire on the guy with no TV, too.
     


  13. Baron

    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Nope. I consider the living room and bedrooms (guest bedroom excepted) to be anti-tv zones.

    I abide by the same rule.
     


  14. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    We replaced our "living room," which had no t.v. in it, with a reading room; so, the space is two steps removed.
     


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