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three-story word

Postby Bjetitam » Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:42 pm

I met this word in a O'Henry's work "The Last Leave":

At the top of a squatty, three-story brick Sue and Johnsy had their studio


I can't find the definition of "squatty" and "three-story" in the dictionary. May somebody here can help me about the meanings of these words.

Thanks in advance
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Re: three-story word

Postby hermit » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:36 pm

"Squatty" = short, low-to-the-ground (to squat = to crouch).

"Three-storey" (not "story") means having three floors.
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Re: three-story word

Postby Bjetitam » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:44 pm

Thanks for your helpful reply.

About three-story or three-storey, I read "The last leaf" of O'Henry and I met this word, you can check it out here: http://www.literaturecollection.com/a/o_henry/226/
First sentence in the third paragraph :-)
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Re: three-story word

Postby hermit » Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:31 pm

Right, both are acceptable - I should have mentioned that. I've always used "storey".

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Re: three-story word

Postby YourUSApal » Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:22 am

"Story" is the current American spelling.
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