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Scotland always had apartments, and England always had flats: then we had marketing and everyone decided apartments had much more appealing connotations - all that loft-living twaddle I suppose.

Here's the difference between a flat and an apartment - same building, both ground floor, same number of rooms (and both still overpriced):

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-190...=5&tr_t=buy

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-223...=1&tr_t=buy

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Scotland always had apartments, and England always had flats: then we had marketing and everyone decided apartments had much more appealing connotations - all that loft-living twaddle I suppose.

Here's the difference between a flat and an apartment - same building, both ground floor, same number of rooms (and both still overpriced):

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-190...=5&tr_t=buy

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-223...=1&tr_t=buy

Does anyone know where the word "flat" comes from, when used in ratation to this type sof property? Seems a bit obscure.

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Does anyone know where the word "flat" comes from, when used in ratation to this type sof property? Seems a bit obscure.

The New Shorter (2 Vol 10kg!) OED:

1 A floor or storey in a house. Now rare.

2 A dwelling comprising a room or rooms forming a unit within a house or larger building and freq. wholly or chiefly on one floor.

E19 (So relatively recent coinage).

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Scotland always had apartments, and England always had flats: then we had marketing and everyone decided apartments had much more appealing connotations - all that loft-living twaddle I suppose.

Here's the difference between a flat and an apartment - same building, both ground floor, same number of rooms (and both still overpriced):

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-190...=5&tr_t=buy

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-223...=1&tr_t=buy

Think you got it wrong there...Scotland has always had flats (until Steawartie Milne came and built "apartments£). Since then we have realised that "apartments" mean extremely overpriced, cheaply built boxes "designed" to turn to slums within the next 30 years.

Our traditional granite flat tenements on the other hand (have lasted 100 and will last another 300 years at least)

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I was in a taxi in Cardiff the other week.

The driver told me when anyone asks to go to apartments in the bay area, he always say, "you mean the flats in the docks".

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