Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Mystery Questions

My cubical neighbor, D, asked me a few questions today that I couldn't answer definitively. So out of curiousity, I am posing them to you. Let us know what you think about the questions below (and don't cheat and point us to wikipedia or something; just give us your opinion)!

1. What is the difference between a porch and a patio?

2. What is the difference between a jacket and a coat?

And just for fun...

Gordie: Mickey is a mouse, Donald is a duck, Pluto is a dog. What's Goofy...?
Teddy: He's a dog, he's definitely a dog...
Chris: He can't be a dog, he wears a hat and drives a car...
Vern: Yeah, that is weird. What the hell is Goofy?
Stand By Me, 1986

12 Comments:

Anonymous anger hangover said...

Hmmm...life's big questions. Without cheating, I'd say:

1) a porch is covered and a patio isn't.

2) a coat is heavier than a jacket.

November 21, 2006 7:52 PM  
Blogger julie said...

A porch is a raised area off an entrance door that usually has steps down to ground level. A patio is a larger area that is usually paved and at ground level.

A jacket does not extend below the hip and is generally lighter than a coat.

Woohoo! Am I right?!

November 21, 2006 8:05 PM  
Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

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November 21, 2006 8:14 PM  
Blogger cherylann said...

I concur with anger hangover.

November 21, 2006 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Julie.

November 21, 2006 10:13 PM  
Blogger Broadsheet said...

According to my Nana: The difference between a porch and a patio is a breezeway. The difference between a jacket and a coat is a wrap.

Use in a sentence:

It's too chilly to sit out on the davenport (couch) in the breezeway! Put on a wrap!

November 21, 2006 11:42 PM  
Anonymous jodi said...

porch is out front and a patio is out back.
a coat is winter wear and a jacket is fall/spring and office

November 22, 2006 3:40 AM  
Blogger NPR Junky said...

Oh, C, I'm so with AH. Those were my answers EXACTLY.

November 22, 2006 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with julie on the porch/patio.

The jacket/coat distinction can get murky when you throw in raincoat or trenchcoat, as they are both light like jackets, but since they are longer, I guess that's why they are coats?

What prompted your cubicle neighbor's sudden interest?

Now you have me wondering the difference between a sofa and a couch.

November 22, 2006 11:26 AM  
Blogger Summer said...

AH nailed it.

we had a front porch and a back porch when I was a kid. Connected to the back porch was a breezeway that connected to the garage. When a tree fell on the breezeway, the back porch and the breezeway became the dining room (after some construction...)! ;-) Now they just have a front porch, but hope to put in a patio soon.

We have a patio, no porches.

And the coat rack is full of coats AND jackets, for whatever the weather cooks up.

November 22, 2006 2:27 PM  
Blogger Linus said...

I've been reading your comments over at Cheryl's blog and when I saw today that you're a NKOTB fan - I couldn't stay away!

I love the blog ... Here are my answers:

A porch is attached to the house and in the front. A patio involves a cement flooring and no covering thereby not attached to the house.

A jacket is light and falls above the hip, while a coat is heavier and falls at the hip or lower.

I hope you're going to share the answers with us! Stop by my blog anytime :)

November 22, 2006 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Porch is in the front, patio in the back.
Jackets stop at your butt.

November 23, 2006 11:21 AM  

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