I bet you had no idea that there was any debate about monograms. Let me explain. A few months ago I expressed a desire for Euro square shams and made the mistake of mentioning a monogram on them. My husband went on a purist rant about the purpose of monograms.
The rant consisted of information that I originally gave him. You see, monograms were created as a mark for personal items and household items to identify their owner.
Such items that the help might otherwise help themselves to.
Silverware was an obvious target.
Dining chairs...not so much. I even think I once called them ridiculous because the weren't the sort of thing a guest would abscond with.
Today monograms are merely decorative but don't say that to my husband.
He is the monogram police.
He will not like it if you have monogrammed towels or pillows and he won't even talk to you if your chairs (gasp!) are adorned with an initial.
I did not get the monogrammed shams. I just had some custom pillow covers made. That showed him!
The bottom line is that I am regretting the historical information on monograms that I innocently passed along.
I have lovely antique linens and silver with various ancestors monograms but I would like something with my initials and I can't have it without an eternity of remarks on the absurdity of such things.
I did convince him that coolers are an acceptable use of a monogram.