Why Are Flats Called Flats


It all started with the thought that I am going to leave my FLATTED factory office to work from home in my HDB FLAT.

Then I wondered why they use the word FLAT for the 2 types of buildings when they do not look one bit FLAT! As in squashed flat FLAT!

I googled Google and found a Yahoo Answer answer.

The British use the word FLAT while the Americans use APARTMENT.

They call it FLAT because in each home, there is no upstairs and downstairs. Every room in the house is on one FLAT level.

Is that true?

Then why don’t we call condos flats?

Adrian Lee

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I am Adrian Lee from Sunny Singapore. My passions are in digital electronics, quantum physics, and exploring lifestyles. In this personal blog, I journal my thoughts and lessons. Enjoy!

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