What is the meaning of the title "Everyday Use"?

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In this short story, Mama has to make a decision about which of her daughters should inherit a couple of quilts, which are really family heirlooms containing pieces of their shared history. No ordinary quilts, these have been pieced together with meaningful scraps of fabric:

In both of them were scraps of dresses Grandma Dee had worn fifty and more years ago. Bits and pieces of Grandpa Jarrell’s Paisley shirts. And one teeny faded blue piece, about the size of a penny matchbox, that was from Great Grandpa Ezra’s uniform that he wore in the Civil War.

Dee has returned home to claim these quilts (and a few other artifacts) as her own. Interestingly, not all parts of her ancestry are worth holding on to for Dee—not even her name. She now prefers to be known as Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo. She tells her mother that she can't bear being named after people who "oppress" her, and Mama reminds her that she was named after her own sister, who was named after Grandma Dee. Dee wants to claim...

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