That was going to be the basis of today's WoW lesson and I was prepared to rant on and on about how it absolutely drives me crazy to hear people say, "the heighth of the building" when they should be saying, "the height of the building". However, in my compulsive need to research everything, lo and behold, guess what I found out? You guessed it - I was wr...wrrr...wrrrrr...wrong.
Heighth is a colloquial variant of height, even though no dictionaries list it as a living word. According to my source, its use is a common peeve among
- From JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye: "I can usually get them on account of my heighth."
- From Charles Dickens' Great Expectations: “Pip, I wish you ever well and ever prospering to a greater and a greater heighth.”
- From John Milton's Paradise Lost: "This essence to incarnate and imbrute that to the highth of Deity aspired."
Heighth is not a word you should use as standard English.