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Old 01-29-2010, 11:09 PM   #1
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Why do we call it a gaucho?

What is the etymology of this synonym for the sofa or couch?
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:47 PM   #2
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What is the etymology of this synonym for the sofa or couch?

A Gaucho can refer to:
  • Gaucho (Gaścho in Portuguese, Cowboy in English), a word for a South American cattle herder.
Now depending on your gender and marital status this might be a welcome find, of course I would prefer a Goucha or Cowgirl, but neither was found in my Airstream.
I do keep looking though!

  • Gauchos are a style of very flowing and loose fitting, flared pants with an elastic waistband, commonly worm by young dancers, but also worn casually.
Again, a young female dancer would have been a nice find. And while some old loose fitting garments were left behind by the previous owners, I think they fell into the category of bloomers.

There was an Ammonia aroma one night, but that turned out to be the refrigerator failing. I did find some cleaners under the sink like
Ajax and bleach, but thankfully no Gaucho.
  • Gaucho, an album by Steely Dan.
While I like Steely Dan, I'm not familiar with this particular album. It has not turned up in the rig.
Clearly this would be pushing the GVW of my 28 foot Excella.
Just the mention of a sports team huddled in your Airstream would undoubtedly get the Airstream community on a heated and passionate debate of axel replacement, loading and pre-loading, drum brakes vs disk, beefed up frames, tire pressure, and the 70's.
Of course an astute owner, just by looking at the angle of the torsion suspension, would know that a sports team was lurking in the coach.
Therefore, even if the University of California, Santa Barbara, Gauchos sports team were living in my 28 foot Excella, I'd PM someone first.


GMC Gaucho a mid 70's full-sized van model produced by General Motors
Nope, no 70's full size van was found in or around my rig.
No Portuguese speaking natives of Rio Grande do Sul, popped out of the under bed bins.

No football players fumbled with the wheel chocks.

Renato or Ronaldinho were not found, but a VCR tape of "Nothing but trouble" staring Chevy Chase was discovered wedged between the empty space next to the water heater.
Now, despite my best efforts, Gaucho has not shown up in my Airstream? What I have found is a sofa that folds out into a bed, and after sleeping on it for one night I did wake up a little Gracho?

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Old 01-29-2010, 11:52 PM   #3
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Hi Michael,

I was wondering how long that would take.

I'm kinda with Jammer, though. How did the term come to be applied to the sofa/bed devices? (Other than finding a gaucho on one.)
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:14 AM   #4
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Old 01-30-2010, 05:12 AM   #5
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it might have started like the I and 1 confusion in vin numbers.

it was supposed to be a coucho, but in transcribing, it became gaucho and the rest as they say, is history.
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:04 AM   #6
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It is a little known fact that the term "gaucho" was coined by Groucho Marx. He was often heard telling the ladies "hey lady how about you come to my trailer and visit with Groucho on the caucho" But that fat cigar (and the bourbon) kept getting in the way and the word was slurred into "gaucho" and it stuck.
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...LOL...fat cigar and boubon...:-) ...Did you know Groucho Marx died the same day as Elvis...another little known fact...
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The gaucho couch was named after it's inventor "Gaucho" Ohcuag from Norway. He was not very well liked in Jackson Center and had a reputation for being a bit pompous, so they named a couch after him.
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The gaucho couch was named after it's inventor "Gaucho" Ohcuag from Norway. He was not very well liked in Jackson Center and had a repututation for being a bit of pompous, so they named a couch after him.
. . . and I bet he stored his Piper Cub in a palindrome that was built in Alaska.
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The name gaucho comes from the sound you make after sleeping on one.....as you get up in the morning you say " g-ouch-o"!!!

They are great back killers for sure!
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Michael, do you have a bot or something that does that? :-)

I take it that, how shall we say, our wisdom exceeds our knowledge in this area?
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You have to crouch-o to get onto and off of one?
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