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Its a "chest of drawers" isn't it? Not a chest of draws

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Saltire Thu 14-Aug-14 22:26:49

I don't know if its just in my area, or a nationwide thing but the amount of people I see on selling pages saying "Chest of draws" for sale. or one friend said "I have done one draw, about to start another" when talking about clearing out her sideboard

Or, am I the one who has been saying it wrong all these years? hmm

Mumof3xox Thu 14-Aug-14 22:27:31

See I always get confused with this one
Drawers sounds weird in my head

charlietangoteakettlebarbeque Thu 14-Aug-14 22:27:59

It really winds me up when people spell drawer as draw.

I hope I'm not the one mistaken all these years.

hiddenhome Thu 14-Aug-14 22:28:09

It's drawers.

CocktailQueen Thu 14-Aug-14 22:28:35

No, you are right! One of those things that drives me mad - chest of drawers, not draws! That's a verb... Not noun.

SevenZarkSeven Thu 14-Aug-14 22:28:45

you are correct.

WooWooOwl Thu 14-Aug-14 22:29:09

You're not wrong, the odd draws people are.

VisitTheInfidelWithExplanatory Thu 14-Aug-14 22:30:10

Someone was selling a 'Chester Draws' on fb the other day, I'd always thought that was a mumsnet myth!

definitely chest of drawers

anyone want some chester draws!!??

charlietangoteakettlebarbeque Thu 14-Aug-14 22:32:14

Chester draws?

my brain just exploded

WiggleGinger Thu 14-Aug-14 22:32:42

Certainly is Chest of Drawers

ggirl Thu 14-Aug-14 22:34:27

It's bizarre isn't it ? Come on people it's DRAWERS. !!!
The result of numerous bad spellers on the internet I expect .

charlietangoteakettlebarbeque Thu 14-Aug-14 22:37:10

I can't express how much this annoys me. It's irrational really. It shouldn't bother me.

annabanana19 Thu 14-Aug-14 22:37:28

Ive seen chester draws on facebook selling groups. How stupid are some.

Its chest of drawers.

lemontwist Thu 14-Aug-14 22:40:08

VisitTheInfadel I was going to say the exact same thing, seen on a fb selling site! Maybe we're local to each other or there are a lot of very stupid people on fb

iismum Thu 14-Aug-14 22:40:58

Well, it's clearly spelt 'chest of drawers', but in my accent this would be pronounced exactly the same as 'draws'. So you need to distinguish when written but not when spoken. But maybe other people say it differently!

Tansie Thu 14-Aug-14 22:44:48

It's FRENCH, you halfwits! It's Chesteau le Drewais! Tsk

InculKate Thu 14-Aug-14 22:45:15

DP saw this written down for the first time several years ago (still no idea how he managed to remain unexposed to the phrase in its written form until that point), and proceeded to pronounce it "chest of draw-rers". I looked at him like this: hmm

InculKate Thu 14-Aug-14 22:47:20

To me it's neither draw-rers nor draws: it's closer to droh-wers (though not emphasised that much). S Yorks accent.

Saltire Thu 14-Aug-14 22:50:21

But if you were writing it down, say to sell an item of furniture, would you write it as Drawers, Draws, or would you write it as you say it

earlyriser Thu 14-Aug-14 22:56:48

I saw a shizlong for sale the other day. Took a wee while to work out it was meant to say chaise lounge...

Cinnamoncookie Thu 14-Aug-14 22:57:30

I saw Chester Drawers on a permanent shop sign in Birmingham (advertising all the different types of furniture they sell)

Cinnamoncookie Thu 14-Aug-14 22:58:02

Or would that be

Cinnamoncookie Thu 14-Aug-14 22:58:04

Or would that be a chai

InculKate Thu 14-Aug-14 22:58:33

I would spell it "drawers" obviously confused

Cinnamoncookie Thu 14-Aug-14 22:58:51

Arse, stupid phone. Chaise longue. Muphry's Law all round

InculKate Thu 14-Aug-14 22:59:25

Chaise lounge is apparently acceptable in US English. I think it still has to be chaise longue here.

shinynewname Thu 14-Aug-14 22:59:58


Someone please tell DH if you don't mind...

shinynewname Thu 14-Aug-14 23:00:46

Its not pronounced draws in Scotland either.

Meerka Thu 14-Aug-14 23:01:38

i wonder if 'drawers' comes from the old word for underwear? sort of fits, cause chest of drawers is usually for T shirts and underwear

earlyriser Thu 14-Aug-14 23:01:58

I did a quick google to get the spelling, obviously hit on a US site. Still, better than shizlong!

thegreylady Thu 14-Aug-14 23:02:29

Of course they are drawers! Draws is a verb, drawers is a noun meaning either knickers or pull out boxes, usually wooden and contained in a chest.

InculKate Thu 14-Aug-14 23:04:50

I cannot get DP to stop saying drawRing. He claims my pronunciation sounds like droing.

InculKate Thu 14-Aug-14 23:05:48

Meerka, I assumed it was because they're boxes that you draw out of the front of a chest.

HamEggChipsandBeans Thu 14-Aug-14 23:07:26

Go on ebay and search chester draws, serious bargains to be had from people who cannot spell.

I bought a geee plan dressing stable for three pounds last month, good times.

sniffysnifferson Thu 14-Aug-14 23:12:55

I always pronounce this wrong. it drives my mym mental!

dawnlight Thu 14-Aug-14 23:14:04

dinning table anyone

We've had a few good bargains too thanks to bad spellings

dawnlight Thu 14-Aug-14 23:16:32

Sorry, can't help myself.

tabel and chir


LoveIsAnOpenDoor Thu 14-Aug-14 23:17:02

With my accent I pronounce it 'drors', it really annoys my dh so I tend to really elongate the 'orrrrs' to wind him up smile

HamEggChipsandBeans Thu 14-Aug-14 23:33:53

Lol. If you search for dinning table on ebay you get 1311 results!

dawnlight Thu 14-Aug-14 23:46:11

Wordrobe is a good one too.

Another bargain: Harth and Mantle

Clarabum Thu 14-Aug-14 23:51:58

NO WAY 185 people are idiots on ebay!! 185!!

This is my pet peeve. Drives me mental!!!

FabulousFudge Thu 14-Aug-14 23:56:56

I absolutely hate to see 'draws' or even worse 'Chester draws' being written on FB, eBay or anywhere else!

dawnlight Fri 15-Aug-14 00:01:42
Clarabum Fri 15-Aug-14 00:01:59

Does anyone want to take a look at this Chabby chic chester draws here

Clarabum Fri 15-Aug-14 00:02:42


dawnlight Fri 15-Aug-14 00:03:49

Jackpot. grin

MrsWinnibago Fri 15-Aug-14 00:06:59

I saw an ad on our local Facebook selling site listing a set of "Chester Drawers" grin

MrsWinnibago Fri 15-Aug-14 00:08:36

In Adelaide Australia, they call all sheets and duvets etc MANCHESTER.

"Get your Manchester here! Bargain sale on all Manchester!"

Apparently it's because 150 years plus ago, when the shipments of stuff arrived from England, it would include new cotton items fresh from the mills in MANCHESTER and that's what was stamped on the crates!

dawnlight Fri 15-Aug-14 00:15:51

How about a cream leather sofa with poof

Yours for a penny.

Clarabum Fri 15-Aug-14 00:25:43

haaa! This is too funny.

Not totally unrelated but there was a hair salon in my town called

"Hair Matter's"

clary Fri 15-Aug-14 00:30:46

Aaargh yes OP.

When we learn about bedroom furniture in yr 7 (I teach languages) there is always at least one person in the class who writes "chester draws" which makes me raise a mental eyebrow.

<reads thread> Oh I see everyone else is there before me. Clearly I teach the children of all these can't spell fb-ers and e-bay-ers. <sigh>

dawnlight Fri 15-Aug-14 00:38:53

82 people are selling curtins on ebay, but only 16 people are selling cushons.

MrsWinnibago Fri 15-Aug-14 00:46:19

Dawn 58 people are selling "Vintige" things.

Oldraver Fri 15-Aug-14 01:43:25

I have a friend who had tried to get into Shabby Chic, he described it has 'stressed' grin

squoosh Fri 15-Aug-14 01:55:28

People be stoopid.

Icedfinger Fri 15-Aug-14 01:59:14

I saw it spelt 'chesta draws' on a FB selling page the other day! confused

SecretWitch Fri 15-Aug-14 02:05:10

I thought this was only an American thing! My lovely boss often says " Please find file x, I left it in your desk draw"

OneLittleToddleTerror Fri 15-Aug-14 03:32:31

mrswinnibago they are also called Manchester in NZ. Is that the reason why? Never understood it. It's strange though given early aussies and kiwis are all British migrants.

Did you notice one of the linked eBay Chester draws is from Chester? Maybe they think it's a local thing and hence the Chester grin

Hurr1cane Fri 15-Aug-14 03:42:45
Solo Fri 15-Aug-14 03:46:58

What about waldrobes or stalls (wardrobes and stools). >>>angry<<<

mathanxiety Fri 15-Aug-14 04:10:01

That would be 'refrectory dinning table'...

I have never encountered the 'draws' misspelling in the US. I have seen 'Chester' though. That particular piece of furniture is often called a 'dresser' there though. Perhaps there isn't the difficulty with 'drawers' because people pronounce their Rs for the most part in American accents. I've never come across it in Ireland either, possibly for the same R-related reason.

So much for the claims of people who say it is 100% possible to learn to spell well using phonics.

callmekitten Fri 15-Aug-14 06:47:23

How about a cream leather sofa with poof

Is it bad that I expected to see a rather foppish gentleman seated on the sofa?

ChesterDrawers Fri 15-Aug-14 07:00:08

Did someone call? grin

KitCat26 Fri 15-Aug-14 07:13:27

I used to think it was chester drawers when I was a (small) child. And hambag for handbag. And disturve for disturb.

I suspect that my hearing wasn't (still isn't!) great!

Euphemia Fri 15-Aug-14 07:15:01

We don't have this problem in Scotland as we pronounce r wherever it occurs, but one that drives me potty is an over-compensation for that whereby people talk about idears. angry

"Does anyone have any good idears for something to do today?" angry

I have a colleague who is an absolute stickler for grammar (she gets the rage at people who say "I done my work" or "I've went to the toilet") but she says "idears" and "pronounciation". grin

WilburIsSomePig Fri 15-Aug-14 07:27:42

It is one of those little things that makes me unreasonably angry!

HamAndPlaques Fri 15-Aug-14 07:35:43

I saw a 'shaby sheek chester draws' on eBay the other day confused

TheLastThneed Fri 15-Aug-14 07:45:39

I keep seeing suit (that you wear) spelt as suite...I know people slip up sometimes or lose correct also has a lot to answer for.

Clarabum Fri 15-Aug-14 08:41:04

I've never noticed that Euphemia but now that you mention it. Folk do say idears a LOT here. That's going to drive me mental now. Gah!

Clarabum Fri 15-Aug-14 08:42:23
Saltire Fri 15-Aug-14 11:14:15

I did see a set of chabby shic draws set in emaculite condition on my local selling page last night

Panzee Fri 15-Aug-14 11:18:09

I know someone who got a "brest pump" off of ebay for next to nothing. smile

MildDrPepperAddiction Fri 15-Aug-14 11:29:24

It's chest of drawers.

Chest of draws or Chester draws makes me fume!!

InculKate Fri 15-Aug-14 11:33:41

Chester draws makes sense in a way - like chesterfield, the sofa.

Saltire Fri 15-Aug-14 13:46:16

Theres now someone selling "pink Willies" <chokes>

annabanana19 Fri 15-Aug-14 13:49:32

Nothing to do with drawers but just seen a friend saying she was "home wood bound" from Tenerife.

Bocolatechiscuit Fri 15-Aug-14 14:00:34

Just this morning on a fb selling page I spotted both a 'neckless' and...wait for it...a 'leathblower'!

CarbeDiem Fri 15-Aug-14 14:08:09

I've just got really angry about 'Chester draws' smile Spelling mistakes/bad grammar don't usually bother me but that did.


SmashleyHop Fri 15-Aug-14 14:14:17

Dying at "leathblower" grin

I am so so glad I'm not the only one who flinches at the sight of Chester Draws. I thought it was a thing here in the UK. Glad to see it's just a dumb people thing.

tothesea Fri 15-Aug-14 14:30:30

We definately do have this in Scotland! Gumtree is full of chester draws and dinning tables. I like 'wardroom' for wardrobe. I could do with a wardroom!

BertieBotts Fri 15-Aug-14 14:32:20

Draws is pronounced exactly the same as drawers, I think that's where the confusion comes from.

I thought it was Chester drawers, when I was five. I remember finding out and being embarrassed.

shinynewname Fri 15-Aug-14 14:34:41

how is drawers pronounced the same as draws? hmm It certainly must depend on one's accent! grin

MrsBungle Fri 15-Aug-14 14:37:12

I don't say draws anything like drawers. I've noticed people writing 'draws' for drawers a lot lately including on here. I've never noticed it before.

SconeRhymesWithGone Fri 15-Aug-14 14:39:45

Yes, indeed. For us rhotic speakers, drawers and draws are not pronounced the same. I say "draw-ers, with full pronunciation of the final "r."

BertieBotts Fri 15-Aug-14 14:40:34

Might just be my accent, though.

BertieBotts Fri 15-Aug-14 14:41:52

Ha! Sorry I got distracted and xposted.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 15-Aug-14 15:18:22

Drawers and draws are pronounced the same in my head. What does it say in the dictionary, is it the same?

BertieBotts Fri 15-Aug-14 15:44:57

Scone is right. It depends on whether you usually pronounce R or not.

It's like poor and paw. If you say those both the same you probably say draw and drawer the same too.

SconeRhymesWithGone Fri 15-Aug-14 15:49:05

British RP and some other English accents are non-rhotic so the r would not be pronounced. Most American, Scottish, and Irish accents are rhotic and the r would be pronounced.

mathanxiety Fri 15-Aug-14 15:50:27

Most dictionaries that I have here show both rhotic and non rhotic pronunciation. The Oxford online dictionary has 'UK English' and 'American' pronunciations, which boils down to rhotic and non rhotic, but there are plenty of rhotic accents in Britain, and Irish accents are nearly all rhotic too.

Leathblower is (among other things) an example of overcompensation if I am not mistaken.

Chesterfield is a specific style of sofa though...

InculKate Fri 15-Aug-14 15:50:47

I'm non-rhotic and as I said, I pronounce drawers as droh-wuhs and draws as, well, draws.

InculKate Fri 15-Aug-14 15:52:06

I know Chesterfield is a specific style of sofa. My thinking is that since there is a piece of furniture that legitimately contains the word "Chester", it confused people into thinking that the thing with drawers is a Chester draws.

mathanxiety Fri 15-Aug-14 15:52:37

In the case of poor, it does not rhyme with pour or pore (or paw) where I come from.

NorbertDentressangle Fri 15-Aug-14 15:54:04

Someone was selling a 'Chester Draws' on fb the other day, I'd always thought that was a mumsnet myth!

- not a myth. I worked with someone, a professional who was educated to at least degree level, who used to write 'chester draws'.

Drove me insane especially as she thought she was far superior to anyone else who worked there because she was recruited due to her specialist expertise in one area not spelling or use of the English language obviously

InculKate Fri 15-Aug-14 15:54:06

AND, despite being non-rhotic, I pronounce poor and paw differently, too. "Poor" is more like "poh-wuh" than "paw" (obviously I am exaggerating here, but there's definitely a difference).

InculKate Fri 15-Aug-14 15:54:51

Or possibly poo-wuh

InculKate Fri 15-Aug-14 15:56:37

Gosh, don't I sound cultured grin

mathanxiety Fri 15-Aug-14 17:54:24

Ah -- I understand wrt Chesterfield..

For me, poor, moor, and boor all rhyme.
Boor and boar/bore/door do not rhyme.

More, pour, pore, sore all rhyme. If I had a non rhotic accent, paw would also rhyme, with the same vowel sound and AW at the end, with no R sound.

Saltire Fri 15-Aug-14 20:58:23

I say Drawers as "draw-ers", and draws as, "draw-z" which is maybe because I am Scottish

Solo Sat 16-Aug-14 02:50:26

Found another this evening...
beuro / writing desk.

A pronunciation that gets my goat is 'flower' for 'flour' angry

InculKate Sat 16-Aug-14 03:32:29

Better than posh people on the telly saying "flar".

Solo Sat 16-Aug-14 03:44:40

Neither is good for me!!

SconeRhymesWithGone Sat 16-Aug-14 03:46:52

Flower and flour are perfect homophones in my accent (American). But they are also essentially the same word, coming from French "fleur."

Solo Sat 16-Aug-14 04:36:46

Fleur is French for flower. Farine is French for flour.

SconeRhymesWithGone Sat 16-Aug-14 05:15:27


Word Origin and History for flour
early 13c., flur "flower," in the sense of flour being the "finest part" of meal (cf. Fr. fleur de farine). Spelled flower until flour became the accepted form c.1830 to end confusion. See flower.

mathanxiety Sat 16-Aug-14 06:28:12

Flour and flower are homophones for me too (Irish accent).

CarbeDiem Sat 16-Aug-14 07:36:36

I'd annoy you Solo
I say flour and flower the same. Actually they both come out more like flowa with my accent smile

zipzap Sat 16-Aug-14 08:24:34

Slight sidetrack... There used to be a website that exploited typos and bad spelling on eBay - I haven't used it for ages so don't know if it is still around but I always got to it via the website.

The basic premise was that if people have typos in their eBay titles that you search on then those things won't come up in a search of the proper spelling so fewer people will see them and you get them at a better price.

It worked really well on brand names - I was looking for an Enny bag and purse - I was able to pick up the purse for about a fiver because somebody was selling it as an Emy one - they were going for £25+ if it had been correctly spelt!

It's definitely a useful strategy to remember when searching on eBay or similar sites! (and I'm adding all these wrong words to my list of associated searches if I ever need to buy curtains or a chest of drawers!).

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 16-Aug-14 08:57:09

Paw, poor-the same

Flower, flour-also the same


houseisfallingdown Sat 16-Aug-14 09:19:35

Flower/flour said the same
Draw/drawer said the same but I have NEVER even heard of Chester Draws until this threadgrin
But if I was talking about someone who was a 'good drawer' it would be pronounced differently to a drawer you put clothes in

I have confused myself now...

houseisfallingdown Sat 16-Aug-14 09:24:18

Zipzap- think the website was Fatfingers or something like that

Solo Sun 17-Aug-14 04:26:42

Yes it was Fatfingers.

But being a 'good drawer' would be a 'good artist' in my book! grin

HamEggChipsandBeans Sun 17-Aug-14 12:50:07

Wordrobe anyone?

Anyone near Bristol and looking for a bargain wardrobe? This looks lovely, I just wish I was nearer...

there is someone on my fb who calls it a wardrope

although judging by ebay she isnt the only one to call it that!

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