Why do We Refer to the Floors of a Building as Stories?

Sometimes I’ve thought this must just be for people to make story/storey puns. I mean, floor works just fine, doesn’t it? We all understand what it means in context, and every floor has a floor, so there’s a logic to it. Why even bother with storey?

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Different How?

Any time I’m writing and want to show a difference between two things, I find myself pausing. For example:

Reading a language is very different…

from writing it?

to writing it?

than writing it?

They all sound ok, but in the end I usually plump for from, as it sounds more natural, but I’m never quite satisfied, as the other two still sound basically ok too… Continue reading