When the oak's before the ash
Then there's bound to be a splash
When the ash's before the oak
Then there's bound to be a soak.
Yep: so it's going to be a wet summer, whatever. Ah well.
It's a common thing round here for houses to have their lofts converted into rooms, and a stroll along any street will disclose the tell-tale window of a loft extension among the tiles:
photo by Philafrenzy
But it's not only people who live in lofts:
pigeon loft. Photo by Dg-505
Balls which are made to fly upwards also have loft, especially golf balls:
Lee Westward in a bunker. Photo by Steven Newton.
Most marvellously of all (though you're sadly unlikely to spot one) a loft is a full-size drawing of a ship's hull or aeroplane, drawn by a loftsman.
Well, that must be an absolutely wonderful job for someone with brilliant drawing and engineering skills and body odour issues, mustn't it?
Spot the Frippet: loft. This word has been around in English for about a thousand years or so. The Old Norse lopt meant air or ceiling, and is the same basic word as the German Luft, air, as in Luftwaffe.
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