Fake Etymologies

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story, n. /ˈstɔːɹi/

In the sense of “level of a building,” from “storage.” Multi-floor buildings were originally arranged with living quarters on ground level, with the remaining levels used for storage. In most parts of the world, the “ground floor” is thus considered different from the “first story” – the United States is an outlier in this regard.