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Dwarfs or dwarves

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Orangedaisy Sun 10-Mar-19 13:25:58

As in Snow White and the seven..... which is correct?

ApolloandDaphne Sun 10-Mar-19 13:27:46


Espressomartin Sun 10-Mar-19 13:30:17

I wondered this about the plural of roof

turkeyboots Sun 10-Mar-19 13:34:03

It depends on your SciFi literary cannon. Both can be right.

BeGoodTanya Sun 10-Mar-19 13:37:11

Agree with Turkey if we're talking sci-fi/fantasy, but it's 'canon' -- this is Pedants' Corner, after all.

In general, though, 'dwarves'. And I think 'roofs' is modern standard, and 'rooves' archaic.

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