Did you know that, according to a lot of language sticklers, the type of chair so many people refer to as a "chaise lounge" is really a "chaise longue," using the French word for "long"? Well, neither do about 60% of the population, if a recent Google search is any indication. A search for "chaise lounge" turned up about 1.4 million hits on a recent day, with the more proper "chaise longue" turning up just 984,000.
Not cool, according to a lot of language observers.
"Some people commit the embarrassing error of saying or writing 'chaise lounge,'" writes Bryan Garner in "Garner's Modern American Usage." "The problem is that 'lounge,' when put after 'chaise,' looks distinctly low-rent."
Ouch. I don't even use "chaise lounge" and that stings — probably because I spent most of my youth and a good chunk of my adulthood living in very (very) cheap apartments.