Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Mon Feb 4 16:13:49 UTC 2008

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

MW3 shows <<roofs; also rooves>>. For comparison there is <<hooves;
or hoofs>>, but no alternatives for <<knives>>, <<leaves>>.

Various books declare "rooves" extinct or wrong or inadvisable. But
many modern examples are apparently available at Google Books.

-- Doug Wilson

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