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This is a bit of a conundrum

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maggiewinchester Report 20 Sep 2019 20:48

Somehow, I've discovered I spell the plural of 'roof' differently to others.
Last night, in a phone call to my sister, I discovered she spells it differently to me!
I spell it 'rooves' - she spells it 'roofs'.
We both looked online to see what the internet said.

Apparently, my spelling isn't 'wrong' but is: "an old secondary form, and it still appears occasionally by analogy with other irregular plurals such as hooves, but it is not common enough to be considered standard."

I did point out that, a least I wasn't using a medieval spelling - then we found this:
"Roofs has been the standard form since at least the 18th century." not quite Medieval then.....

I can't fathom this out, except, perhaps a school I attended taught us 'rooves'! :-S

How do you spell it?


MargaretM Report 20 Sep 2019 20:57

I have always said rooves. (My spellcheck just told me that was wrong)
What about hoof and hooves? (Spellcheck says that's OK)


Rambling Report 20 Sep 2019 21:05

I spell it Roofs, but I say it rooves :-)

I noticed the presenter on Homes under the hammer, say 'houses' with a definite pronunciation of the S as it is written, whereas mine is more houzes ,

I have noticed a number of people from different parts of the country spell 'used' as in 'I used to be young' as youst.


Sharron Report 20 Sep 2019 21:11

Loaf. Is it loafs or loaves?


maggiewinchester Report 20 Sep 2019 21:16

It's loaves, and hoof is hooves.
I think I spell 'rooves' the logical way.

As for 'used', when I say it 'It is well used', 'used is more like uzed.
when I say 'I used to be young', the 'used' is 'Youst'.


Sharron Report 20 Sep 2019 21:23

I say rooves but I am a swede basher and I say somewhen as well.


maggiewinchester Report 20 Sep 2019 21:36

I sometimes say 'outwith' for outside :-(


Andysmum Report 20 Sep 2019 21:45

Outwith is in common usage here in Scotland, as is uplift, meaning collect.


AnninGlos Report 20 Sep 2019 21:47

I am sure I have used both rooves and roofs because I could not decide which is correct.


maggiewinchester Report 20 Sep 2019 21:51

I think 'outwith' also means outside in Scotland - that's where I picked it up :-D
(started school in Lossiemouth) Definitely means outside in Shetland.
Confuses 'Sooth Moothers' in Hampshire!
My conversation is spattered with Scottish-isms and Cornish-isms. :-S

Meanwhile, my writing is spattered with outdated spellings :-S


AnninGlos Report 20 Sep 2019 21:55

Just checked something I remembered reading a Blyton book when about 8 years old and have just checked her spelling the title was The family at red roofs. She spelt it with the fs ending. That would have been in the 1940s. I wondered if it was one of those spelling that had changed recently and whether rooves was the old spelling but it seems not.


Sharron Report 20 Sep 2019 22:02

I live in the land of glasshouses and was most puzzled when I read in my first Janet and John book (Here We Go) that they lived in a green house. I did wonder abou their privacy issues.


Bobtanian Report 20 Sep 2019 22:15

you say tomarto, we say tomayto


JemimaFawr Report 20 Sep 2019 22:39

I was also taught in Primary School to spell it ROOVES, Maggie :-D


maggiewinchester Report 20 Sep 2019 22:47

Ann, I too read Janet and John for a short while.
What caught my attention was that John was always 'doing' things, while Janet watched on in admiration - 'See John fly his kite - see, Janet, see how high it flies! Well done John'
Then Janet was called back home to help with dinner.
I didn't notice the spelling - just the injustice!


Sharron Report 20 Sep 2019 23:03

That was life then, Maggie.


maggiewinchester Report 20 Sep 2019 23:22

JemimaFawr - thank goodness!
Did we both go to schools run by incarnations of the past! :-D

Just like to say, My sister is older than me - but I was taught the 'old fashioned' way.


JemimaFawr Report 21 Sep 2019 00:32

Very likely Maggie :-D :-D :-D


Magpye Report 21 Sep 2019 17:59

Roofs! I think!!


supercrutch Report 21 Sep 2019 21:54

I was taught rooves. It is age related? ;-)