The common spelling of story is, well, story. However, I recently came across a website for doing research for a project that spelled story storey. Of course, this is a UK site (and I'm not from the UK myself), but I'm entirely sure if this is a typo or a UK thing. Also, I can't find any other websites that use storey, therefore I believe it is a typo. Again, I'm not entirely sure.


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    Hi Emreal! A good way to check if a spelling is a legitimate variant or a typo is to see if it is listed in any reputable dictionary. There is a website that provides a lot of nice links to free online dictionaries, OneLook.com: you can see the entries it has indexed for "storey" on the following page: onelook.com/?w=storey&ls=a In this case, the first useful entry I found was from the American Heritage Dictionary, which says: "Chiefly British: Variant of story" – sumelic Mar 5 '17 at 22:45
  • Thanks @sumelic! I had no idea onelook existed. Should I delete my question now, or what? – Emereal Mar 5 '17 at 22:46
  • @sumelic I don't see a delete button... – Emereal Mar 5 '17 at 22:46
  • You should be able to delete your own post. Check to see if there is a small "delete" at the bottom of the post, to the right of some other words like "share" and "edit". – sumelic Mar 5 '17 at 22:48
  • @sumelic Nope... – Emereal Mar 5 '17 at 22:49

The point here is that, in the UK, these are two different words, not different spellings.

A story, in the UK, is a tale, anecdote or narrative.

A storey, in the UK, is a floor in a building.

Therefore what the OP saw on a UK website does not seen directly relevant to the US.

  • This is true for people who use both forms, but the spelling "story" can also be used to refer to a floor in a building. – sumelic Mar 5 '17 at 23:21
  • My downvote is because (1) This question should be and hopefully will be closed because of the lack of signs of research (2) The word spelled 'storey' in the UK is legitimately spelled 'story' in the US. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 5 '17 at 23:22
  • Interesting sumelic, thanks, - I am UK and confess I was unaware of that, but more to the point of OPs question, if he saw storey in the UK (which he did) it would refer to a floor and if he saw story in the UK it would refer to a tale. – davidlol Mar 5 '17 at 23:26
  • Yes, this is correct; it said multi-storey car park. – Emereal Mar 7 '17 at 6:37

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