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Entry from June 26, 2022
“Apartments should be called togetherments”

Many people have suggested that “apartments” should really be called “togetherments.” ”Inaccurate Euphemisms. Why are lodging to let almost always advertised not as ‘rooms’ but ‘apartments?’ ‘Apartments’ for Single Gentlemen are all very well; but surely ‘Togetherments’ would be more suitable to Man and Wife” was printed in the British humor magazine on May 22, 1875.

“YES, I WANT A SINGLE APARTMENT. IF I WANTED TO LIVE WITH SOMEONE, I’D LIVE IN A TOGETHERMENT!” was printed in the newspaper comic Frank and Ernest by Tom Thaves on October 28, 2006.

“Apartments should be togetherments because there is never enough room” was printed in the book Greatest Jokes of the Century Book 8 (2008) by Thomas F. Shubnell. “Apartments should be called togetherments” was posted on Twitter by rodney on December 27, 2011. “Shouldn’t apartments be called togetherments?” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on May 4, 2014.

“‘Apartment complex’ implies the existence of a togetherment simple” was posted on Twitter by 💤🌵🤖funky little contraption on December 14, 2021.

“Why are they called ‘apartments’ when they’re all stuck together?” is a related saying.


Google Books
22 May 1875, Punch, pg. 223, col. 2:
Inaccurate Euphemisms.
Why are lodging to let almost always advertised not as “rooms” but “apartments?” “Apartments” for Single Gentlemen are all very well; but surely “Togetherments” would be more suitable to Man and Wife.

Newspapers.com
20 May 1875, Staffordshire Daily Sentinel (Stoke-on-Trent, UK), pg. 4, col. 2:
INACCURATE EUPHEMISM.—Why are lodging to let almost always advertised not as “rooms” but “apartments?” “Apartments” for single gentlemen are all very well; but surely “Togetherments” would be more suitable to man and wife.—Punch.
(Published after the above.—ed.)

Cartoonist Group
Frank and Ernest
Published 2006-10-28 (Image 15008)
(At a rental agency.—ed.)
“YES, I WANT A SINGLE APARTMENT. IF I WANTED TO LIVE WITH SOMEONE, I’D LIVE IN A TOGETHERMENT!”

Google Books
Greatest Jokes of the Century Book 8
By Thomas F. Shubnell
Published by author
2008
Pg. 165:
Apartments should be togetherments because there is never enough room.

Twitter
173BNVDZ
@thisoddfellow
Shouldnt apartments be called togetherments?
2:39 PM · May 19, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
AudubonCrest
@AudubonCrest
Gallagher says (and I agree) that they shouldn’t be called apartments, they should be called togetherments
2:40 AM · Aug 1, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Dennis
@dfella
RT @marisstar: Why are they called apartments, when they’re all stuck together? They should be called togetherments #lifesgreatmysteries
1:13 AM · Sep 30, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
rodney
@rodney_at_large
Apartments should be called togetherments.
3:55 PM · Dec 27, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
kiki ♐
@gaxilicious
“Apartments should be called togetherments”
6:27 PM · Dec 27, 2011·UberSocial for BlackBerry

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/Anal_Peanutbutter May 4, 2014
Shouldn’t apartments be called togetherments?

Reddit—AskReddit
Posted by u/wallhunter2 January 31, 2016
Why aren’t apartments called togetherments?

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/G4m8i7 January 19, 2017
Apartments are really togetherments.

Reddit—AskReddit
Posted by u/observer32 March 15, 2019
Why are they called apartments and not togetherments?

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/TheLoneSnacco September 28, 2019
We should call houses apartments and apartments togetherments

Twitter
Minahil
@Minaahiill
Who called it “apartments” and not “togetherments”?
6:22 AM · Mar 4, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
💤🌵🤖funky little contraption
@boring_cactus
“apartment complex” implies the existence of a togetherment simple
6:50 PM · Dec 14, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Hide & Seek
@OOICQ
“Apartments should be called togetherments.” ✔ #TeamFollowBack ✔ #FOLLOWBACK ✔ #FOLLOWME ✔ #IFOLLOWBACK ✔ #FOLLOWNGAIN ✔ #AutoFollow
5:37 AM · Mar 19, 2022·twittbot.net

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