Growing up, I spent my summers at a cottage on a beautiful mountain lake in northeastern Pennsylvania. We never called it anything other than “the cottage”.
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Fourteen years ago, Mike and I purchased our own little place on a lake a little farther north. And, we call it “the cottage”. But visitors all seem to have their own name for it.
It’s been called “the lake house” and “the cabin”.
I was a bit taken back when one visitor proclaimed, “You have a really nice shack here.” A nice shack? Isn’t that a contradiction in terms? I learned later that she lived in Alaska for years, and that’s just their term for cottage.
We visited Russia a few years ago and were telling a new friend about our cottage. “Oh, you have a dacha!” she exclaimed. Hmmm, ….. dacha. I think I like that. So, what’s your name for a cottage on a lake?
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