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FellatioNelson Mon 19-Nov-12 03:35:56

When I was young I swear I used to see and hear the word rooves for the plural of roof.

We have hooves for hoofs but I never see/ear rooves any more.

Did I imagine the whole thing back in 1974? confused

BarbecuedBillygoats Fri 30-Nov-12 20:10:09

Ill blame my dh who can't spell smile

drjohnsonscat Fri 30-Nov-12 12:47:06

I was taught rooves and hooves in the 70s as well. Archaic? How dare they? although I am ancient

WMittens Fri 30-Nov-12 12:42:13

A buss is an electrical thing so busses would be more than one of those

Nope, it's still 'bus' in computing. According to google, 'buss' means a kiss.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Fri 30-Nov-12 12:05:15

Ooh, is that what it means? I thought it meant bum pinch!

badtime Fri 30-Nov-12 11:59:07

'Buss' is also an archaic word meaning 'kiss'.

BarbecuedBillygoats Thu 29-Nov-12 17:18:51

A buss is an electrical thing so busses would be more than one of those

ChestnutsRoastingonaWitchesTit Thu 29-Nov-12 12:17:13

Fellatio, I agree that 'Chieves' doesn't sound right as plural for chief, but I've always said 'Handkerchieves' confused

tinselahohoho Thu 29-Nov-12 12:10:32

So - is there any way 'busses' would be right? (I have to admit I didn't even know it was an option until I saw it.)

Trying to be generous here . . .

BarbecuedBillygoats Thu 29-Nov-12 12:00:03


Rooves, hooves and dwarves here . Am 31
Interestingly my phone left hooves and dwarves but didn't like rooves and changed it to robes.

tinselahohoho Thu 29-Nov-12 11:52:18

What would you do for plural of 'bus'? Got very confused yesterday . . .

badtime Thu 29-Nov-12 11:47:34

(In a related and massively un-PC matter, I have seen copies of Private Eye from the 60s which pluralised 'poof' to 'pooves'.)

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Thu 29-Nov-12 01:23:30



ceeco Thu 29-Nov-12 01:17:34

It seems things change with time. Shouldn't be so with grammar, however.
I too was taught "rooves". Was also taught "hooves".
Chief was an exception...kind of like i before e except after c.
Can't recall how dwarf is affected. A clue might be in the snow white story if someone can find an old version of it. I think it might be dwarves, but not sure.
While we're on the subject, what about pleaded guilty? We were taught that pled was the past tense for plead. Now all I hear and see is "pleaded".
While I'm here how about conversate vs. converse? Where did it all come from?

MirandaGoshawk Thu 22-Nov-12 21:00:51

Dwarves is the UK version - I think we've got used to Dwarfs because the Snow White film uses it, the US version. But yes, hooves, shelves, wharf/wharves, half/halves etc., although personally I would use roof, with rooftops for plural grin

Longdistance Mon 19-Nov-12 14:55:15

Shelf/ shelves?

I think I have too much time on my hands!

3b1g Mon 19-Nov-12 14:39:30

Longdistance Mon 19-Nov-12 13:07:47


FellatioNelson Mon 19-Nov-12 08:45:22

I think I would too 3b - chieves sounds wrong. confused

I've confused myself now. grin

Northey Mon 19-Nov-12 07:28:18

I say rooves and would write it. I'm 34.

3b1g Mon 19-Nov-12 07:26:06

If there were more than one chief then I would definitely write 'chiefs' not 'chieves'. Not that the situation has ever arisen! grin

FellatioNelson Mon 19-Nov-12 07:13:11

Well I think we probably all say it, but you never see it written/spelt that way these days.

Iheartpasties Mon 19-Nov-12 05:55:24

I'm 31 and say rooves! not sure ive ever seen it written though. i'm typing with one hand, and breastfeeding, sorry for crap punctuation etc.

FellatioNelson Mon 19-Nov-12 05:13:55

Yes, dwarves! I knew there was another cracking example but I was struggling to think of it.

I am not wrong am I - no-one says 'rooves' these days. confused

Longdistance Mon 19-Nov-12 05:00:52

But is it dwarfs, or dwarves? Or is that something completely different....

Longdistance Mon 19-Nov-12 04:58:55

Erm, I'm 36 and was taught rooves. I too have wondered where this word disappeared to.

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