storey vs story
Posted: 02 May 2014 09:38 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I was typing storey in a dialog this morning, and the red squiggly line underneath was driving me nuts, so I changed it to story (BTW, this editor complains about it too).  I guess either spelling is acceptable, at least according to MW.  I was curious about everyone else.  Do you use storey or story?  Is the shortening of the word a 20th century phenomenon, or have there always been two spellings?

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Posted: 02 May 2014 10:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The OED shows story as the original form (ante 1400*).  The entry’s list of forms implies that storey first came in in the 1600s, but among the citations, the earliest is from 1852, and American (Uncle Tom’s Cabin).

I recognize storey as a British variant, but would only write story.

*However, there is this note: “Quot. a1400, though the reading is app. the scribe’s conjectural emendation of an obscure passage, may perh. be taken as attesting the existence of the n. at the date of the MS.; the passage was prob. supposed to refer to the addition of ‘stories’ or upper stages to towers.”

The next citation (1480) is plural, but spelled storyes.

[ Edited: 02 May 2014 10:14 AM by Dr. Techie ]
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Posted: 02 May 2014 10:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I tried to find old threads on this but search is snafu again on the old board. I’ve submitted a ticket to Yuku, they’re usually pretty prompt in fixing things.

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Posted: 02 May 2014 11:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Thanks Dr. Techie!  What a surprise.  I just assumed that storey would be the older version.

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Posted: 03 May 2014 03:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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It’s my understanding that storey is only used for the level of a building.  The “narrative” meaning is always story.  Or is this another item in my Junk Drawer Memory® that I’ll have to mark as “wrong”?

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Posted: 03 May 2014 07:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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That’s consistent with the dictionary entries.  “Storey” for the narrative sense would be an error on either side of the pond.

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