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#791056 - Wed May 02 2012 06:45 AM Re: What happened to rooves? [Re: mehaul]
Snowman Offline

Registered: Wed Oct 31 2007
Posts: 1580
Loc: London England UK            
Originally Posted By: mehaul
No, I meant the possessive of lifes plural, But if you want it to be French, okay: L'ifes.

I think it's unlikely that life would be pluralised for that phrase. If it were it would be "Lives' little wonders".

Edited by Snowman (Wed May 02 2012 06:45 AM)
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#792701 - Tue May 08 2012 12:37 PM Re: What happened to rooves? [Re: Snowman]
Chavs Offline

Registered: Fri Jul 15 2011
Posts: 970
Loc: Ireland
Fascinating discussion.

I have always been confused by the rooves/roofs thing and avoid writing it at all costs.

I still am a bit confused. ;D

#796385 - Tue May 22 2012 10:12 PM Re: What happened to rooves? [Re: Chavs]
ren33 Offline

Registered: Thu Sep 30 1999
Posts: 11290
Loc: Fanling
  Hong Kong      
Originally Posted By: Chavs

I still am a bit confused. ;D

We often have that effect here at FT!
Wandering aimlessly through FT since 1999.

#796401 - Wed May 23 2012 12:06 AM Re: What happened to rooves? [Re: ren33]
MikeMaster99 Offline

Registered: Sun Oct 23 2011
Posts: 472
Loc: Melbourne VIC Australia      
Just confirming that I was taught 'rooves' as the plural. But this was an Aussie school (before the 1980s), to support Copago's original statement. I would now never write 'rooves' but always pronounce the plural of roof in that fashion (as per lindamarie and others).

Silly (and totally irrelevant) thought for the day: Does that mean 'doof doof' music should really be called 'dooves' music??

#810041 - Sat Jul 21 2012 12:00 PM Re: What happened to rooves? [Re: MikeMaster99]
sportsherald Offline

Registered: Sat Feb 18 2012
Posts: 30
Loc: Canada
I just thought to check for "rooves," and, sure enough, it provides this: "Spelling help
The most usual plural of roof is roofs, although rooves is sometimes used." On the other hand, did not find "rooves" in its listings.

As for "doof doof," Oxford only says that it is "...stupid..." (about one doof).

#834882 - Sun Oct 28 2012 11:06 AM Re: What happened to rooves? [Re: sportsherald]
Jazmee27 Offline

Registered: Tue Mar 09 2010
Posts: 634
Loc: Pennsylvania USA
Interesting and funny smile

I, too, was taught "hooves" and think "hoofs" looks funny--but the language seems to change depending where you are these days. And, about the dictionaries, I find it hard to believe that the writers think that eliminating a word means it suddenly disappears from everybody's vocabulary.

Speaking of which, and off topic, I find it insulting how some people make fun of another for using "big words." The one day, my mother was singled out an ridiculed by her coworkers for using the word "intrinsic." Yesterday (though I'm sure it was a joke), she laughed at me when I used the word "indicative" in a sentence (for some reason, I do this a lot--I'll just insert a word not often used in everyday conversation into my vocabulary--and the crazy thing is, sometimes I can't even define it, but somehow know it works in that context!)
(1) Young I may be, but even young people are entitled to their opinions.
(2)Attempting to silence me doesn't hurt me, but the silencer.
(3) I must remain true to myself.

#835432 - Tue Oct 30 2012 12:48 PM Re: What happened to rooves? [Re: Jazmee27]
AlexxSchneider Offline

Registered: Fri Jun 26 2009
Posts: 234
Loc: Perth Scotland UK             
I agree with that last, Jazmee - it's baffling to me that people criticise others' use of "big words", as if a book is the only place "big words" belong! I find that those words are not commented upon when the would-be criticizer knows what they mean... food for thought.

#952385 - Thu Nov 29 2012 11:14 AM Re: What happened to rooves? [Re: sisterseagull]
postrophe Offline
Learning the ropes...

Registered: Thu May 07 2009
Posts: 2
Loc: Devon, UK
I googled roofs/rooves and arrived here, only because I had seen rooves (gets red wiggly underlining in my Chrome spell-checker btw) on a WWII website, and it had looked a tad odd.

Blasted thing doesn't like "tad" either! eek

Edited by postrophe (Thu Nov 29 2012 11:39 AM)

#952453 - Thu Nov 29 2012 02:51 PM Re: What happened to rooves? [Re: postrophe]
Copago Offline

Registered: Tue May 15 2001
Posts: 14147
Loc: Australia
Welcome postrophe smile

I love seeing this thread pop up smile I find this kind of thing very interesting.

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