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Decoded: The 'Highest Ceilings' of New York Apartment Listings

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Welcome back to The Brokerbabble Glossary, where we take a word or a turn of phrase that seems to show up in an unreasonable number of listings and decipher its true meaning. If you have any ideas for us, send them to the tipline. Today's phrase: High Ceilings.

"High ceilings" is a relative term. Almost every ceiling is higher than some other ceiling, somewhere. That's why it's good to avoid using actual measurements, which are disprovable, when describing how high ceilings are. This broker didn't manage to do that, but he did, to his credit, refrain from including a unit of measurement. This ceiling is certainly not 16 feet high, but it could be...16 hands? Smallish ones?

Many apartments make claims of "high ceilings," but often the ceilings in question are just normal height ceilings. Sometimes, they're even lower than normal height! That's pretty much the whole story here, but it doesn't stop us from getting all indignant about it. These ceilings aren't that high! For shame!

These ceilings are also not that high! Or wonderful!

Just had to throw the "exceptionally" in there, didn't you?
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