RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Mon Feb 4 15:26:06 UTC 2008

This of course follows the minor plural pattern in English found also in
"leaf/leaves," "hoof/hooves," etc., and (for many speakers, myself included)
"house/houses." I'm pretty sure that "roof/rooves" is charted as a regional dialect
variation in the Atlas materials collected beginning in the 1930s. Maybe DARE
mentions it as well.

NOAD recognizes the pronunciation of the plural pronunciaton of "roof" with
the /v/ variant, though not the spelling with <v>.

In a message dated 2/3/08 11:16:01 PM, gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM writes:

> Cadillac ran a commercial today, mentioning "sunrooves".
> The only mention I find in the ADS archives on "rooves" is

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