YSaC, Vol. 347: You say Prevential, I say Prudential ….

2009 June 29
by drmk

It just doesn’t stop.

2 French Prevential Twin Bed Set, chest, dresser, mirror – $450


2 French Prevential Twin Bed Sets
Includes:
2 Beds with wood side rails
9 drawer Dresser
Chest of Drawers
Mirror$450 OBO

Call xxx-xxx-xxxx

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And, of course … because these things always travel in packs:

French Prevential Sofa And Loveseat – $200


Good Condition Call For More information xxx-xxx-xxxx347e

It’s gotten so bad that whenever I see a listing for French Provincial, I actually have to stop and think about whether that’s right or not. I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s done this, since a couple of people have sent me listings for French Provincial furniture!

27 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 June 29

    I was already thinking to myself “I’m not sure I’ll be able to spell it right now that I’ve seen it wrong so many times!” Then I read your final coment and had a full on giggle fit. :)

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  2. 2009 June 29
    Bri M permalink

    I always thought it was “French Provencal” style, after Provence.

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  3. 2009 June 29
    Colleen in MA permalink

    If so many people are trying to sell this style of furniture, then I’m assuming it’s no longer in fashion and no one wants it. No one really sees “French Prevential” in the Wanted section, correct? Is there really a market for this mid-70s, heavy-set furniture? Of course, this is what is going to happen to IKEA furniture 20 years from now.

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    • 2009 June 30
      jackie31337 permalink

      Nah, 20 years from now the really cheap Ikea furniture will have fallen apart and been recycled/burned/thrown out.

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      • 2009 June 30
        Colleen in MA permalink

        Ha! You are indeed correct.

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        • 2009 July 1

          It would probably be referred to as something pretentious; like Vintage Scandinavian Modular.

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  4. 2009 June 29

    But hey, you have to give them credit for spelling “chest of drawers” correctly!

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    • 2009 June 29
      jemmo permalink

      Yes, has there been a French Prudential chest of droors yet? Oh gods, did I just will it into existence by way of Rule 34?

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      • 2009 June 29
        Colleen in MA permalink

        you evil person.

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      • 2009 June 30
        jackie31337 permalink

        It should rightfully be “chester droors” though. And if there’s french prudential chester droors porn on the Internet, I’m pretty sure don’t want to see it.

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  5. 2009 July 1

    With all these various permutations of Provincial, I’ve started to find myself forgetting what the original word is supposed to be. Whenever you add a new attempt at Provincial to the blog. I have to really think about it now… “What’ is it supposed to be? I forgot…”

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  6. 2009 July 12
    Ryan permalink

    The correct spelling is, in fact, Provençal, from the Provence region of France. Let’s just agree that pretty much nobody knows that, though.

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    • 2009 July 12
      drmk permalink

      Yup, “Americanized” to Provincial. I don’t even want to think about how bad spellings of Provençal would be.

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      • 2013 January 19
        CapnMac permalink

        Pr0n’ Sal’ ?
        Prawn Saul ?

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  7. 2013 January 19

    I found “French Provencal” (without the cedilla, but still) on my local Craigslist. I also found “Provençal,” which is presumably “Provençal” after having been gnawed on by the Internet squirrels.

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    • 2013 January 19
      Demon Duck of Doom permalink

      The Internet Squirrels is IF’s Alvin & the Chipmunks cover band (they only perform on YouTube).

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    • 2013 January 19
      CapnMac permalink

      Which would make a bit more sense if it rendered as “Procen&ced;al” after being massaged through a text box or twain.
      Then, when the string gets passed to a html-linked text box, the ampersand gets reinterpreted each time, so it starts looking like “Proven&ced;al”

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  8. 2013 January 19
    HamCan permalink

    Can I get phries with that?

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    • 2013 January 19

      Here are your pommes freetz.

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      • 2013 January 19
        HamCan permalink

        Ooo, I love freetoz!

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      • 2013 January 19

        How many cals in a prevent? A girl has to watch her figure.

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        • 2013 January 19
          One Moving Violation permalink

          Nein cals.
          Sorry, that’s not french.

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        • 2013 January 19
          HamCan permalink

          So. Cals. or maybe it was No. Cals.
          I think the Beach Boys had a song about Cal Gals…

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    • 2013 January 19
      CapnMac permalink

      Sorry, the papas fritas are all perversional. If with old-world baroque stylings in a tocatta et fugue in eewww minor.

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  9. 2013 January 19

    Looking at magazines in the check-out stands at the grocery store, the new in style will be Tuscan. I can’t wait to see what Sparky does with that. Anyone placing bets on Toucan or Tuxan?

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    • 2013 January 19
      Lizzi permalink

      I’ll wager all the money in the world on that one. They even get the easy words wrong so yeah, they’ll butcher that as well

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    • 2014 May 14
      Brer Fox permalink

      Partly, staged, rozmerry and thine.

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