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Don’t Ask Mickey to put the “Mantle” on the “Mantel”


I’ve never given much thought to a mantel or a mantle. I also don’t regularly think about Mickey Mantle.

But I’m feeling mantle-ish, so I’ll mention the differences between the words.

We know that people often build mantels above fireplaces, but how many of us thought that mantel was spelled mantle? Are baseball fans (and Yankees fans in particular) more likely to misspell this word because of the great Mantle?

Anyway, a mantel is a shelf above a fireplace, a mantle is a cloak, and the late Mickey Mantle was a Hall-of-Fame centerfielder for New York who’s considered one of, if not the, greatest switch hitters of all time.

Now you know. Hopefully, you care (or you couldn’t care less).

Until next time! Use the right words

leebarnathan.com

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September 12, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

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