One of the questions posed to us, time and time again, is about the origins of the word "leaf" and what it has to do with dining room tables. And as much as we tried to formulate an answer, we couldn't put a finger on the exact history. It seems like a table leaf is something we're all aware of, but we're unsure why we use the term in the first place! So we decided to do some digging of our own and solve the mystery once and for all. 

Check out our infographic detailing the history of the table leaf in the form of a chronological timeline. And of course, let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

Leaf explanation

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English Etymology by George William Lemon

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