Blip: I Have A Question About Magic Carpets

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Illustration: Tatra

So I saw this charming old Tatra ad where, I think, the ride quality is being compared to that of a fictional thing, a flying carpet. Okay. Fair enough, that’s hardly the first time for that.

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But then it got me thinking—why do we call these flying carpets and not flying rugs? We almost always use “carpet” exclusively for permanent soft floor coverings, like wall-to-wall carpet or the carpeted interior of a car, and “rugs” for smaller, non-permanent soft floor covering, like a throw rug, which a flying carpet seems more like.

But nobody says “comfortable as a flying rug.”

Hmmm.

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