December 19, 2008

PSA

We interrupt the regular blog posts for this Public Service Announcement:

Homonym - hom·onym
noun
1. Words with the same sound but different spelling.

A lot of blog posts have been referring to holiday decorating, specifically the mantel. Sadly, 90% of the time it is being spelled mantle.

Mantel - man·tel
noun
1. The finish around, or shelf above a fireplace.

Mantle -
man·tle
noun
1. A sleeveless garment worn over clothes; a cloak.

And now back to your regular program...


10 comments:

Auntie Joy said...

Seriously?? I thought a mantel was a musical instrument!!
JOY!

T.Allen-Mercado said...

*Cracking up* Lucky for me, the stockings are hung from the drawer pulls of the sofa table! :D No mantel, no worries...

Devi said...

Thank you. This kind of thing always irritates the bejesus out of me. Glad to see i'm not the only one.

Hey Harriet said...

It's not something I've noticed but I at least know that I've not made the mistake. I haven't typed either mantel, or mantle for...ummm...actually I think this may be the first time I've typed either! I don't have a very large vocabulary...

Alissa said...

Oh boy...I'm sure we could have a whole blog filled with ridiculous misuses of the English language...and actually, the sentence that I just wrote might be eligible for the first entry! : P

Karine said...

It's a good thing someone around here knows how to spell. I think that skill left about 5 minutes after I graduated from college. Awful!

Pam Aries said...

Uh oh..I am wearing mine...hehehe. Geeze... I depend on spellcheck too much!

fly tie said...

he he!

(i'd be one of those who'd have to go to the dictionary in order to use the correct spelling.)

Jenn said...

LOL! I always decorate my sweater vest don't you? :)

DreamWoven said...

and PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen where I work.