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Old 01-30-2010, 10:16 AM   #15
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As a lingering Steely Dan fan (go ahead, ask about the etymology of their name... I dare ya!) I'm just sure that the term that refers to the couch came from their song Gaucho.

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Who is the gaucho amigo
Why is he standing
In your spangled leather poncho
And your elevator shoes
Bodacious cowboys
Such as your friend
Will never be welcome here
High in the Custerdome
Never mind that the couches were referred to by that term in the 1950s pre-dating Steely Dan as a band, and that there is nothing in the song that would actually refer to a couch... and that the use of the term in the song is probably in a "cowboy" reference to a man dressed oddly standing in his friend's living room.

Yes, DESPITE all that evidence to the contrary... that MUST be the origin of the useage of "gaucho" for couch.

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Old 01-30-2010, 10:28 AM   #16
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:31 AM   #17
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So if I am following this correctly...., any scuffs, stains, bourbon residue, etc. on my FC couch are really.... gaucho marks?

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Old 01-30-2010, 10:34 AM   #18
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I think it may have had something to do with a piece of furniture that the gauchos made to sleep on that folded up during the daytime, a pallet of some kind, and used by early cowboys (known as gauchos), the word got attached to it and became common usage.
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:41 AM   #19
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Very close, Rich,

In our case the scuff marks on the floor could be referred to as those annoying...gaucho marks...
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What is the etymology of this synonym for the sofa or couch?
4 things we know....

1. the origin of the term is held in trust by those that invented the term (and it wasn't ne1 from a/stream)...

send me a sase with a fresh new jackson and i'll share that history..

2. not only do most folks NOT know the word origin, they are confused about when to apply it or even how SPELL it...

3. there are a WHOLE lotta threads here on this topic, in all shapes and sizes...

4. the art mans answer is a REpost echo thing....
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http://www.airforums.com/forums/f38/...ers-34220.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227...tte-38082.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...ike-40279.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f38/...ion-55564.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f38/...-up-60389.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f39/...rms-24867.html

the threads above show a mix of jack knife sofas (confused as Gs) and genuine Gs...
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sofa beds...

1. the typical HINGED L shaped sofa that converts into a bed is not a G...

it's a jack knife style sofa bed (that's what was/is in michael's trayla)

jack knife IS the name 4 the front sofa in most modern 'streams with many examples in the rv world...

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2. sofa beds made with a 3-fold mattress buried UNDER the cushions are NOT typically seen in rvs (heavy and they use up the storage space)

often referred to as fold out sleeper sofas...

3. the G is a sofa with a SLIDING or folding PLATFORM under the padded sitting area...

this platform PULLS out like a drawer OR folds open after the cushions are removed...

then the cushions are REpositioned and fit together in jig saw puzzle manner to provide a sleeping platform...

examples of this are typically U shaped or L shaped or J shaped corner or end sofa/dinette sitting platforms with LOOSE cushions...

there are some good pics of the older styles in some of the threads above ....

and the d.w. 75th custom edition is an example of a newer model with a real G sofa/bed...

shown in post #7 here...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f365...tml#post252748
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back to the o.p., your trailer has a jack knife style sofa/bed...

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You say 'Gaucho', I say 'Couch-o,
you say 'fold-a-bed', I say 'Futon-a-bed'
potato, potatto,
tomato, tomatto...
lets call the whole thing off...
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Gaucho....a term made up out of thin air by Airstream because they knew if they named it a couch, or a bed, they would be liable for suite as it is really neither. (IMHO)
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Or it may have come from the little Scotty Gaucho trailer made in the l960's. Sounds more likely.
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let's put it to bed.
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Reading all the answers concerning a gaucho reminds me of listening to the mid-winter IBT meeting!
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What is the etymology of this synonym for the sofa or couch?
And some call it a Chesterfield.

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And some call it a Chesterfield.

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Actually, Wally's crew could not read gud. Wally meant Coucho but by the time the mistake was caught it was too late.

I think I will call it a Camel as it feels like sleeping on one.
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