This Week’s Weird Victorian Term Explained
What is the difference between a hassock, a tuffet, and a pouffe?
They are all basically the same thing: a footrest or stool that is covered and padded. In Victorian times the following distinction was drawn: a hassock is more likely to have feet and be square, a tuffet is usually round with feet like a covered stool, and a pouffe is round with no feet.
My mum, being the eccentric Brit that she is, is prone to referring to them all as poufftees.
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