So, to make a house you would flatten the ground, and that action became synonymous with 'dwelling', and the usage was transferred onto multi-storey buildings.
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Herewith, I have to decided to exercise my right to boast of mine own excellence.
I got my explanation in some minutes before Claire, and it was of considerably greater depth and integrity.
I request in the name of sacred Pedantry that she publicly submit to my brilliance and virile fruitfulness.
The Old Norse word is flat as in flat, even.
Flet is found in Beowulf and means house-room.
Last edited by Claire ex-ax; 19-12-2008 at 10:48 AM. Reason: Trying to 'out-pedant' Sigga... :D
And now the phrase "virile fruit" is going to be stuck in my head all day. Ugh!
The first known example of the word 'flat' meaning 'apartment' is in Sir Walter Scott's Redgauntlet in 1824.
Extra brownie points for a quote from Redgauntlet which includes "flats" and "fruits"?'What business has he to upbraid us,' I said, 'with the change of our dwelling from a more inconvenient to a better quarter of the town? What was it to him if we chose to imitate some of the conveniences or luxuries of an English dwelling-house, instead of living piled up above each other in flats? Have his patrician birth and aristocratic fortunes given him any right to censure those who dispose of the fruits of their own industry, according to their own pleasure?