Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: roofed.

roofed. “Roofed,” not *”rooved,” is the correct form — e.g.: o “These new state farms and cooperatives — clusters of tin-rooved [read ‘tin-roofed’] huts nestling in valleys — have been attacked repeatedly by the rebels.” Peter Ford, “What War Means for Nicaragua’s Peasants,” Christian Science Monitor, 10 July 1987, Int’l §, at 1. o “Salt is in a deep valley, with flat-rooved [read ‘flat-roofed’] houses built into the hillsides, where protesters took up position, leaving the police at a severe disadvantage.” Alan Cowell, “Unrest in Jordan Gains Islamic Tone,” N.Y. Times, 22 Apr. 1989, § 1, at 1. Language-Change Index — *”rooved” for “roofed”: Stage 2. *Invariably inferior forms. ——————– Quotation of the Day: “A word to the wise is not sufficient — if it makes no sense.” James Thurber (as quoted in Jerome H. Perlmutter, A Practical Guide to Effective Writing 98 (1965)).
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