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Last updated at 12:10 GMT, Tuesday, 01 December 2009



Mark Shea explains the origin, meaning and use of the expression 'floordrobe'. Click below to listen:


Where do you keep your clothes? In a chest of drawers? A closet? Perhaps a wardrobe? Well, if you’re anything like me, quite a few of your clothes at any one time might be on the floor. It makes it easier to select what you want to wear. I – and millions of people like me – call it my floordrobe. It’s a form of storage for clothing which requires no hangers, drawers, doors or effort. Simply drop your clothes on the floor and you have a floordrobe. If a husband and wife are similarly untidy, they might even have a 'his-and-hers' floordrobe. You just enter the bedroom, and there it is – a walk-in floordrobe.

Why go to the trouble of hanging your clothes up when you take them off at night – they’ll be easier to find in the morning if you just leave them on the floordrobe.

Teenagers tend to have the most sophisticated and developed floordrobes. In fact, parents might be completely unaware that floordrobes even exist. They just see a pile of clothes on the floor!

About Mark Shea

Mark Shea

Mark Shea has been a teacher and teacher trainer for eighteen years. He has taught English and trained teachers extensively in Asia and South America, and is a qualified examiner for the University of Cambridge oral examinations. He is currently working with journalists at the World Service and is the author of the BBC College of Journalism's online English tutor.