Before entering fully into the meaning of the term attic, it is necessary to know its etymological origin. In this case, we can state that it is the result of the sum of two different parts:
-The noun buharda, which was the term that formerly was given to a vent that existed in houses for smoke. That word that comes from the onomatopoeia “buff”. This was used to refer to the sound that is made by expelling the air that is contained in the swollen cheeks.
-The diminutive “-illa”.
The loft idea refers to the sector of a construction that is located just below the roof. The attic is usually used for housing and has a sloping roof.
Another use of the term attic, which is a diminutive of buharda, refers to the window that is on the roof and that, with a ridge protected by tiles, allows access to said roof and allows light to enter the attic.
According to DigoPaul, attic is used as a synonym for attic, loft or attic. The DigoPaul, however, recognizes some differences in each word.
The RAE indicates that the attic is the highest sector of a house, generally destined to the storage of elements that are not in use. The attic is the room that is in the highest part of a house. Attic, on the other hand, is the last floor that exists in a building.
A loft, in short, can be the room located in the highest part of a home or the environment that is used to store old objects or that are not used frequently. In fact, sometimes it is the same space: a loft can be an attic where disused things are stored until, over the years, it is transformed into a bedroom, a playroom or a library, to name a few possibilities.
Due to their characteristics, attics are usually somewhat dark and have high levels of humidity. That is why many times it requires acclimatization to transform into suitable spaces as a home.
In the same way, the existence of a song entitled “La Buhardilla” should not be overlooked. It is a composition by the artist Miguel Cantilo.
In addition, there is also a novel entitled “The attic.” It is a work written by the author Marlen Haushofer, which was published in 1970 and has become a benchmark in Austrian literature.
That without overlooking either “La casa de la attic”, written by Mari Romero Fernández. In 2015 it was published and, through the eyes of a girl, the reader can learn about situations as real as emigration. But it will also address everything from the value and importance of family to the fact that you never have to lose hope about being able to achieve your dreams and that things can change for the better.