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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2018-07-28 02:51:36

From: Spain
Registered: 2009-08-15
Posts: 438

Flights of fancy

I’ve gone looking for ‘roof flights’ for ‘roof lights’ . It pops up in a number of planning applications across the UK so might have been written by one person though I doubt it. It’s also elsewhere.

” construction of single storey side and rear extensions with new roof to whole bungalow with room in roof and roof-flights”

Why? Perhaps because the ones on pitched roofs look like steps when open, perhaps it’s something to do with escape.

On the plain in Spain where it mainly rains.



#2 2018-08-30 08:30:08

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2671

Re: Flights of fancy

The transition—for the written error, not the sound error—may be aided by the tendency to write “roof lights” as one word: “rooflights.” Then the “f” gets doubled when the word is divided.

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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