What exactly is a tuffet?

1 : tuft sense 1a. 2 : a low seat.

What is a tuffet used for?

Similar to a poof or an ottoman, a tuffet is a low seating or footrest device. Unlike a stool, a tuffet is typically covered in fabric so that the framing device and legs are not visible. Tuffets are often combined with a chair in order to give the feet a comfortable place to rest.

What is a stool with cushion called?

Ottoman, a thick cushion used as a seat or a low stool, or as a rest for the feet of a seated person.

Where did tuffet originate?

tuffet (n.) 1550s, “little tuft,” from Old French touffel (with diminutive suffix -et for French -el), diminutive of touffe (see tuft). Obsolete except in the nursery rhyme “Little Miss Muffet” (1843), where it has been felt to mean “hassock, footstool.”

Who eats curds and whey?

The whey is the liquid byproduct of the curdling process. Most people first heard the term curds and whey in the nursery rhyme, Little Miss Muffet, a nursery rhyme that dates back to the sixteenth century, though it was first published in 1805. In the rhyme, Miss Muffet sits on a tuffet eating her curds and whey.

Why would someone eat curds and whey?

Now, about that dish of curds and whey she was eating. The reason is simple: Being relatively dry, cheese resists spoilage better than curds and whey. It’s often said that Ms. Muffet’s curds and whey was cottage cheese, but cottage cheese is a modern product.

What’s the meaning of Little Miss Muffet?

The nursery rhyme of Little Miss Muffet dates back to the late 16th century. I have come across two possible meanings of the rhyme. One is simply about a young girl eating and being frightened by a bug. Whilst eating her breakfast of curds and whey Little Miss Muffet was frightened by one of his spiders and ran away!

What did Miss Muffet sit on?

So there you have it: Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, eating her byproducts of cheesemaking.

Why are Ottomans called poofs?

The style is based on similar items found in the Ottoman Empire. The Oxford University Press’s Oxford Living Dictionaries says a pouf (or pouffe, not poof) is a cushioned footstool or low seat with no back, and the origin is French. So, in function, a pouf and an ottoman are very similar.

What is eaten by Little Miss Muffet?

Little Miss Muffet. She sat on a tuffet, Eating of curds and whey; And frighten’d Miss Muffet away.

What did Little Miss Muffet have for dinner?

As a toddler, you don’t think too much about what curds and whey are, or why Little Miss Muffet was eating them on a tuffet, alone and in the woods.