What do you call that room in your house where the family gathers — the family room? The den? The TV room? Names for that living space go in and out of fashion. In the 1930s, you might have called it the sitting room, parlor, living room, setting room, or front room. For a great resource on this topic, check out the book Lexical Change and Variation in the Southeastern United States, 1930-1990 by Ellen Johnson (Bookshop.org|Amazon).
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